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Houghton resigns as Zimbabwe coach after World Cup failures

Zimbabwe coach Dave Houghton
Zimbabwe coach Dave Houghton has confirmed his resignation with rapid impact, citing a breakdown in his relationship with gamers following the workforce’s failure to qualify for the 2024 Twenty20 World Cup, the place they misplaced to Namibia and Uganda.

Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) made the announcement on Wednesday however mentioned Houghton, considered one of many nation’s most achieved former gamers, would stay throughout the organisation in an as but unspecified function.

In a resignation letter to the ZC board, Houghton mentioned he had “misplaced the changeroom” after 18 months in cost and felt {that a} “new voice” was wanted to take the workforce ahead.

“Whereas the previous few months have been disappointing as we did not qualify for each the 50-over World Cup and the T20 World Cup, they need to not obscure all of the work he (Houghton) has achieved over the previous 12 months to rebuild the foundations for long-term success,” ZC chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani mentioned in an announcement.

“Dave leaves the workforce with our sincerest thanks for his tireless efforts and we’re trying ahead to working with him in a special function as we search to alter our on-field fortunes.”

An interim technical workforce might be named shortly for Zimbabwe’s tour to Sri Lanka in January for a white-ball collection.

The ZC board additionally appointed a three-member committee chaired by Lloyd Mhishi to probe the World Cup qualification failures in addition to to evaluate ZC’s cricket affairs construction. The committee is to report again in three weeks.