After failing to qualify for the 2019 Cricket World Cup, Zimbabwe Cricket has asked team head coach Heath Streak to quit or face dismissal. Zimbabwe, which hosted the qualification competition for the World Cup, failed to secure two of the slots that were taken by West Indies and Afghanistan.
It will be the first time Zimbabwe will not be playing in the Cricket World Cup since 1983, a development that has raised alarm in the African country, with fear rife that the game will go downhill.
Streak learned of his fate through a letter from Zimbabwe Cricket managing director Faisal Haisnan, who said the former national captain must resign together with his entire staff, including batting coach Lance Klusener, the former South Africa allrounder.
They were told to hand in their resignation by Friday afternoon.
"After which time the technical team can consider themselves dismissed and relieved of their duties with immediate effect," Haisnan, a former ICC finance chief, wrote.
Streak, who was appointed in October 2016 to qualify Zimbabwe, has refused to resign, daring the board to sack him.
Captain Graeme Cremer and head of selectors Tatenda Taibu are believed to be next in the firing line.
Experienced batsman and wicketkeeper Brendan Taylor, who returned to international cricket late last year following a stint in English County cricket, is being persuaded to take over the captaincy for a second spell.
(With AP inputs)