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Zimbabwe’s preparations has been overshadowed by controversy: Alan Butcher

Zimbabwe's preparations has been overshadowd by controversy: Alan Butcher

Alan Butcher will be stepping down as the coach of Zimbabwe after West Indies tour © Getty Images

Zimbabwe: Jan 15, 2013

Zimbabwe‘s coach Alan Butcher feels the upcoming tour of West Indies has been overshadowed by the present controversy over the appointment of national selectors.

“Obviously it is the most topical issue in local cricket right now but I sincerely hope that it won’t affect our preparations. We will definitely talk to the players, but I’m not sure it will affect them because their job is just to play the game,” Butcher was quoted as saying by NewsDay.

A directive was issued last week by the Sports and Recreation Commission demanding that the former players should be involved in all sports.

However, it has resulted in a controversy between Minister of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture David Coltart and Zimbabwe Cricket convenor of selectors Givemore Makoni.

Butcher felt that the preparations for the upcoming tour has been spolied by wet climate. Heavy rains has abondoned several matches in the nation. The domestic Pro50 and Twenty20 matches were washed out.

“We were hoping that the players would be playing first-class cricket to remain in shape ahead of the tour, but obviously the weather has not been kind to us,” Butcher said.

“It’s not something that we can control, but hopefully the situation will improve soon as there is still some time before we start camp.”

Butcher will be stepping down as the coach of the national team after West Indies tour.

The practice camp will commence on February 4, giving the players enough time to prepare ahead of their month-long visit to the Caribbeans.

The 58-year old was satisfied with the composition of the sqaud, suggesting that Elton Chigumbura‘s omission will help the other players to work on their game.

“There are some established members of the team who haven’t been producing the performances expected from them. Elton [Chigumbura] has been one of those players which is the main reason why he missed out.”

“I’ve spoken to the player and I’m hoping it will give him some time to work on his game and come back strongly. It has happened to Vusi Sibanda and Hamilton Masakadza before and they have all came back stronger,” he concluded.

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