Zimbabwe Cricket suffered a big blow in their preparations for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia starting from October 16. The former South African all-rounder Lance Klusener has called time on his stint with the Zimbabwe Cricket team as batting coach after reaching a settlement with the board.
Klusener’s decision was impacted by his desire to pursue other professional commitments around the globe. A statement released by Zimbabwe Cricket read, “Lance Klusener is leaving his role as Zimbabwe senior men’s Batting Coach with immediate effect after he reached a mutual agreement with Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC).
“According to his agent, the decision follows Klusener’s desire to pursue professional engagements around the globe which will impact his full-time availability for the national team’s programmes.”
Zimbabwe Cricket Managing Director Givemore Makoni also commented on Klusener’s departure, stating, “We are grateful to Lance for everything he has contributed during his time with us, including helping us to qualify for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 which gets underway in Australia in a few days.
“Unfortunately, due to his pressing commitments elsewhere, he could not continue with us on a full-time basis and we agreed it was in the best interests of both parties to terminate his contract. We wish him the best as he pursues new endeavours,” he concluded.
Klusener rejoined the team as the batting coach in March this year, having previously served in the role between 2016 and 2018. He will be serving as the coach of Durban Super Giants franchise in the South Africa T20 whose first edition will get underway on January 10.
Zimbabwe are grouped alongside West Indies, Ireland and Scotland in Group B in the first round. They will open their campaign against Ireland on October 17 and top two teams from the group will advance to the Super 12 stage.