Bonding crucial ahead of World Cup — Whatmore

The Zimbabwe national cricket team leaves for the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next Wednesday with head coach Dav Whatmore emphasising on team work as the players and gaffer plunge into their first assignment.\r\n\r\nWhatmore, a former Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan coach, was last month appointed by Zimbabwe Cricket as the national team gaffer on a three-month contract with his major task being to lead the Elton Chigumbura-captained side in this year’s edition of the global tournament.\r\n\r\n“We need to understand each other more, we are meeting on Friday after practice and we will discuss what needs to be done and what we need to agree on as a team,” Whatmore told The Zimbabwe Mail.\r\n\r\nThe 60-year-old Sri Lanka-born former Australian cricketer believes local franchise cricket has given his lieutenants match practice before the high-profile tournament despite some of the World Cup contenders Australia, England and India being involved in a competitive triangular series ahead of the prestigious showpiece in Australasia.\r\n\r\n“The performance of the players has been good in franchise cricket and besides the batting and bowling, which is important, we need to share and agree as a team on what needs to be done,” he added.\r\n\r\nZimbabwe are in Pool B alongside neighbours South Africa, India, Pakistan, Ireland, West Indies and United Arab Emirates (UAE) as a total of 14 teams compete for the $3,75 million prize money.\r\n\r\nPool A of the tournament will see the top-ranked One Day International side and co-host Australia compete against England, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Scotland, Afghanistan and co-hosts New Zealand for one of the four available quarter-final places.\r\n\r\nEach victory in the Pool stage will see the winners pocketing $45 000 and if the world rankings are anything to go by, Zimbabwe would be guaranteed $90 000 from the tournament for wins against Ireland and UAE, who are both ranked lower than Whatmore’s side.\r\n\r\nA total of $10 million will be awarded in prize money, which is an increase of 25% from the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup which was co-hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.\r\n\r\nShould a team at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 win the tournament without losing a match, total prize money of $4,02 million awaits.\r\n\r\nMeanwhile, a team that loses just one match and wins the rest on the way to being crowned champions will receive $3,975,000.

  • Mark

    I have to say Mr Editor I have read too many of your articles with numbers missing. It is annoying to say the least!!! What does a Winner’s Prize of 000 stand for???