ZIMBABWE cricket coach Stephen Mangongo has denied excessive heavy handedness in the suspension of Tinashe Panyangara from the national squad.
Panyangara will not feature in the remainder of the triangular series against Australia and South Africa after what Zimbabwe Cricketa��s press release described as a�?indisciplinea�? and what Mangongo explained as being a�?unacceptable by any stretch of the imagination.a�?
Panyangaraa��s crime was sharing a video with his team-mates via WhatsApp of Mitchell Johnson battering England with a barrage of short balls.
a�?In any sport, to post a video of the opposition annihilating another team will not be tolerated. I was perplexed that a senior bowler behaved in such a childish manner,a�? Mangongo told ESPNcricinfo. a�?On the eve of such a serious match, you dona��t do that.a�?
Zimbabwea��s batsmen have been concerned with the reputation of opposition bowlers from the start of their incoming tours this winter. Some were concerned about whether Dale Steyn would play for South Africa during the one-off Test. They had heard that the speedster may be rested and were hopeful they would not have to face him.
Steyn played and claimed a five-for but Zimbabwea��s batsmen acquitted themselves fairly well against him.
However, during the opening game of the tri-series on Monday, Zimbabwea��s batsmen were hesitant to put bat to ball if it came out of Johnsona��s hand.
Johnson conceded seven runs in six overs along with striking Elton Chigumbura on the helmet in the dying stages of the matches. Mangongo was concerned Panyangaraa��s sharing of the video contributed to Zimbabwea��s apprehension.
The coach said he was a�?not making an example of Panyangara, just taking action where it needed to be takena�? and that Panyangara had a�?not been banned. After the tri-series, he will be back and thata��s it.a�?
Zimbabwea��s next assignment is against Bangladesh in October and Panyangara is currently training with the A side in preparation for that.
Before that, Zimbabwe have at least three more matches in the ongoing series but will have to do without Panyangara, their most experienced frontline bowler. Zimbabwe will be back in action on Friday against South Africa in Harare, they meet Australia again on Sunday before ending with a tie against South Africa on September 4. a�� Cricinfo