cricket team.jpgFormer Zimbabwean batsman and national selector, David Mutendera has expressed disappointment with the Zimbabwe cricket team’s batting collapse which he believes if rectified could yield positive results in the team’s remaining group A encounters with Pakistan and Kenya.

 

Zimbabwe’s 139 run loss to Sri-Lanka on Thursday, has opened debate on what needs to be done to convert winning positions into victories.

 

David Mutendera, who was among the first black cricketers to don national colours in a sport historically dominated by whites, believes a change in the teams’ batting line-up could lead to better fortunes for Allan Butcher’s troops in the teams’ remaining encounters with Pakistan and Kenya.

 

Despite a solid opening 116 run partnership between Brendon Taylor and Regis Chakabva, Zimbabwe’s top and middle order batsmen failed to build from the solid foundation as the team crumbled to 188 runs all out, leaving observers questioning the credibility of the teams’ batsmen.

 

Some have already opened debate on the exclusion of Hamilton Masakadza.

 

Mutendera who is part of the national selection panel however defended the decision to leave Masakadza calling on the selected players to perform.

 

With a single win over Canada in three matches at the World Cup, the only way Zimbabwe can progress to the quarter finals is through victories over Kenya and Pakistan.