Test Cricket Tours - Zimbabwe to West Indies 2012-13
Tour ofWest Indies 2012-13 Captain: Brendon Taylor
Zimbabwe’s 23rd Test tour
Third Test-playing tour of West Indies by Zimbabwe
Cricket Committee recommended that the management structure on tour should in
future consist of the head and assistant coach, an analyst, a physiotherapist
and a manager appointed on a tour-by-tour basis. On Facebook captain Brendon
Taylor regretted that the team would be without the guidance of specialist coaches
Heath Streak and Grant Flower
Having been hammered in the
first one-day international, Zimbabwe competed worthily in the second match, but
feebly in the rest, and could not prevent a ‘whitewash’ in the limited-overs series.
The Test series proved to be a complete mismatch. The Zimbabwe
batsmen could score only one fifty in four completed team innings.In short it was a disastrous tour.
Zimbabwe’s Cricket Committee recommended that the future management
structure should consist of the head and assistant coach, an analyst, a
physiotherapist and a manager appointed on a tour by tour basis.
coach Grant Flower, bowling coach Heath Streak and fitness trainer Lorraine
Chivandire did not travel to the Caribbean
because of financial concerns and in order to accommodate more players.
Givemore Makoni (convener
A provisional 24-man
training squad was announced in January 2013.
Former captain Elton Chigumbura
was not included owing to his poor form.
Tour Party Announced :29 January 2013.
Not selected : Cuthbert Musoko, Tinashe Panyangara, Edward Rainsford, Brian Vitori, Nathan Waller from the provisional training
groupwere not included in either ODI
or Test tour squads ;Ray
Time between selection and departure from Zimbabwe
(29 January to 16 February)
on Monday 4 February all the players went into a two-week training camp apart
from Kyle Jarvis, who was playing in New
Zealand, and Brendon Taylor and Hamilton Masakadza, who
were in the Bangladesh
players for the one-day internationals and five officials left Harare on Saturday 16 February and arrived in Grenada (Point
Airport) on Sunday 17
Taylor who had arrived home from Bangladesh
on the previous Thursday evening was unwell with a viral infection and did
not leave Harare
until 19 February after he had passed a stringent test supervised by the
fitness trainer, Lorraine Chivandere. Hamilton
Masakadza was able to fly out with the main team.
Test matches, Sean Williams, Timycen Maruma, Ray Price and Graeme Cremer left
on Sunday 3 March, joining the team at the end of the one-day series.
Time spent in West Indies
(17 February - 25 March )
On-tour selection panel
Alan Butcher (coach),Brendon Taylor (captain),Stephen
Mangongo (assistant coach)
Masakadza and Sibanda all scored fifties as Zimbabwe raised a competitive
total in the 2nd ODI.
reached 50 in the first Test at Bridgetown but
this was Zimbabwe’s
highest score of the series.
partner Vusi Sibanda got a start in every Test innings, scoring12, 15, 32, 35.
with 5-54 in the West Indies’ 1st innings reduced West
Indies to 150 for 6 before a century stand.
Other first-class match
§ One-day internationals
⊕ Twenty 20 internationals
Return to Zimbabwe
members of the limited-overs squad - Craig Ervine, Chamu Chibhabha, Tino
Mutombodzi and Natsai M'shangwe - returned home after the ODIs and T20s.
team left the Caribbean on 25 March.
Time away from Zimbabwe
(16 February to 26 March )
Accounts of the tour
Zimbabweans’ tour of West Indies was a
complete failure and there were really no signs that things would get much
better. However, with Test series against Bangladesh
coming up in the next few months, the players had an immediate chance of making
some improvement under new coach Andy Waller.
Butcher’s term as coach came to an end. He had taken on the task in 2010 of
cricket back on its feet in Test cricket but was hampered by a severe lack of
resources. The best players continued to drift away for a more secure future elsewhere
meaning that he was always overseeing an inexperienced team.