Analysts have described as “shameful” and “disgraceful” Zimbabwe’s loss by an innings and 120 runs in less than one and half days of their one–off first ever day-night test match using a pink ball at St George’s Park, in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
The day and night test match was new territory, the first official test against neighbouring South Africa and not only an experiment but a challenge as well.
In separate interviews with the ZBC News, analysts said there is need for more game time domestically and internationally.
The analysts said it is time Zimbabwe changed its mentality, practice methods and prepare on the right wicket because what is lacking is the confidence not the technique and skill.
A pathetic batting display by the Chevrons top order saw Zimbabwe bowled out for a paltry 68 in their first innings and 121 in a forced to follow on in their second innings.
The match ended halfway through the second day with another two days to spare.
It was disappointing to see Zimbabwe slump to such low levels and failing to compete despite having so many experienced players in their ranks many of whom should take responsibility.
Zimbabwe cricket supporters also expressed their disappointment saying they expect the Zimbabwe Cricket board to install lights at Harare Sports and Queens Sports Clubs so that Zimbabwe will have its own day/night games at home.
They (supporters) called on the Zimbabwe Cricket board to look for more games for all teams’ especially national team home games and the technical team led by Heath Streak to work on weaknesses of players and create a winning formula.
The supporters went to say the national technical team committee led by Tatenda Taibu should be heavily involved in the domestic set up and the junior teams while the selection panel should select players on merit and give a chance at the highest level to youngsters who are performing in junior teams and in the domestic set up.