05 April 2008

On the edge

Since cricket hasn't been played in Ahmedabad in decades, and since Motera, Morkel and Steyn are simlarly weird amalgamations of alphabets with no apparent significance, especially today, it is only apt that we turn our attention elsewhere.

The evil dictator might be on his way out. He is probably negotiating the best possible 'exit strategy'. If he goes, minions such as Chingonka will have to scoot as well.

Momentous as it is for the people of Zimbabwe, they need to hope that they were in the worst possible economic scenario.

If there is going to be an upturn in the fortunes of Zimbabwe cricket, the economy will need to be repaired first - at least to a reflection of normalcy. Bringing the lost generation of Goodwin, Johnson, Campbell and Whitall back into the fold of the game to help repair the cricket architecture can also wait.


Soulberry said...

Do things go according to script?

I doubt if the exiles will return John. It is after all unlikely they get back what they lost....and life has moved on since.

John said...

As coaches and consultants, perhaps? It is an unparalleled knowledge pool, that "golden generation".

The Atheist said...

Don't think that with his departure, a utopia will emerge. This man has dominated Zimbabwean is leadership has affected all aspects of their culture. Zim crickets will take decades to recover, and the country longer.

Soulberry said...

That's a possibility John.

Andy Flower is already at it. Grant must be sharing his wisdom in the county circuit. Heath Streak, among other things, is in the ICL. Of the three, I perhaps feel Streak might be the only one who might choose to return to Zimbabwe despite losing perhaps the most. He hung around till it was no longer possible for him.

If he does, along with the likes of Flowers and Houghton, Zim cricket could begin the long road to progress. But all said and done, a certain attitude must have been established already by the gentleman of the topic which might be difficult to smoothen out evenly on all sides..

John said...

Thanks Soulberry, Atheist.
There is the example of South Africa, which made a seamless integration back into real cricket. May not be a proper comparison, but very often sport defies the political and economic context. The football and Olympic success of several civil war torn African nations is proof of that.

Anonymous said...

Their cricket team has to start all over again... but honestly with their depleted or rather censored, race selective talent, they are not doing that bad... they did win that one match against WI pretty well :)

I suppose this race quota has to go first.