Zimbabwe tri-series August 27, 2014

Panyangara expelled for indiscipline

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Tinashe Panyangara has been removed from Zimbabwe's squad for their tri-series, for allegedly sharing a video of Mitchell Johnson bowling during the Ashes with team-mates via their group Whatsapp chat. Panyangara was also fined US$1,000 for the alleged offence, with a ZC spokesman confirming that the bowler's "indiscipline" meant he would play no further part in the remaining games.

While ZC's official statement made no mention of the specific reason for Panyangara's removal, Zimbabwe's team disciplinary committee found Panyangara's actions to he be "disruptive in the build-up to the first ODI of the triangular series," which they lost by 198 runs. Johnson took one wicket but conceded only seven runs in six overs, making frequent use of his bouncer and beating Zimbabwe's batsmen for pace on several occasions.

The video is a highlights package of Johnson's short-pitched barrage against England. The sharing of such a video might be brushed off as a bit of bantering among team-mates, albeit with a gallows humour element to it. The humourless response from Zimbabwe's coach and team management, however, means the team will be without their most experienced seamer. With 34 one-day caps, Panyangara has played more than double the number of ODIs as Shingi Masakadza, the next most experienced specialist seamer.

Panyangara's isn't the only alleged breach of team rules in recent times. Luke Jongwe, the 19-year-old allrounder, was fined his entire match fee from his debut one-day international against South Africa in Bulawayo after allegedly breaking team curfew after that match. Sources close to the team suggested that coach Steve Mangongo wanted Jongwe removed from the squad, but the captain Elton Chigumbura successfully argued the young player's case.

Panyangara will be allowed to train with Zimbabwe A as they prepare for their tour of Bangladesh next month. The response to his alleged infraction is in keeping with the coaching department's disciplinarian approach in recent times. The Zimbabwe squad have a 9.30pm curfew when they are in camp, and aren't allowed any alcohol or female visitors to the team residence at any hour.

Liam Brickhill is a freelance journalist based in Cape Town

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  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    Stephen Mangongo needs to go for Zimbabwe to start enjoying their cricket! He is not fit to be a coach!

  • POSTED BY MMZCric on | August 28, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    Like everybody else, REALLY!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    They run a pretty tight ship there in Zimbabwe. Absolute non-sense.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | August 28, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    Haha. He does not even have a right to share a video? Wow!

  • POSTED BY Jason83 on | August 28, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    nothing makes sense in this case......

  • POSTED BY NalinPerera on | August 28, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    people should know what exactly he has done to get that fine .

  • POSTED BY prudhvirazz on | August 28, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    The reason he expelled was he was making fun of their batsmen by sharing Mitch's bowling video, which could de-moralize their batsmen. This is what I understand from the article.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    Whats wrong with sharing a video of Mitchell Johnson bowling???? ridiculous

  • POSTED BY Udendra on | August 28, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    what? ZIM players can't share a cricketing-video? humorous.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    This is ridiculous. I have never heard a person banned by the team on such a grounds.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    Stephen Mangongo needs to go for Zimbabwe to start enjoying their cricket! He is not fit to be a coach!

  • POSTED BY MMZCric on | August 28, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    Like everybody else, REALLY!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    They run a pretty tight ship there in Zimbabwe. Absolute non-sense.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | August 28, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    Haha. He does not even have a right to share a video? Wow!

  • POSTED BY Jason83 on | August 28, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    nothing makes sense in this case......

  • POSTED BY NalinPerera on | August 28, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    people should know what exactly he has done to get that fine .

  • POSTED BY prudhvirazz on | August 28, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    The reason he expelled was he was making fun of their batsmen by sharing Mitch's bowling video, which could de-moralize their batsmen. This is what I understand from the article.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    Whats wrong with sharing a video of Mitchell Johnson bowling???? ridiculous

  • POSTED BY Udendra on | August 28, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    what? ZIM players can't share a cricketing-video? humorous.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    This is ridiculous. I have never heard a person banned by the team on such a grounds.

  • POSTED BY Sharath274 on | August 28, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    Is that a reason?? where is the issue of indiscipline or anything like that?? baffles me.. someone pls explain if anything is missing ,,,,

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    most ridiculous reason to remove a player. there have been something more than that. sharing a video of mitchell johnson bowling bouncers is not a crime at all. he must have shown so that his teammates can know how to bowl bouncers or be able to face them while batting

  • POSTED BY Kashi0127 on | August 28, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    I do not understand this - may be I am missing something here. All the teams study the opposition strengths and weaknesses. So what is wrong in sharing Michelle Johnson bowling style with team mates? If anything the Panyangara need to be appreciated for being pro active in training team mates!

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2014, 2:39 GMT

    What really happened here? This is no reason to expel a player

  • POSTED BY Mad_Hamish on | August 28, 2014, 1:45 GMT

    Worst reason for suspending a player ever.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2014, 1:03 GMT

    @exactly what zafar syed said

  • POSTED BY HenryPorter on | August 27, 2014, 21:58 GMT

    Apparently doing too much homework?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 27, 2014, 21:08 GMT

    this is a commediest thing i have ever heard or seen.just sharing Mitchell Johnsons video by tinnashe to his team mates is such a big crime that he has been expelled from the entire tri series. not only this he has been fined too. I think honestly that he shared Mitchell Johnsons bowling video clips to show his teammates to how to face him on the ground. now for doing this he has been terminated. oh my god i don't believe this.

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2014, 20:02 GMT

    this is crazy, I don't see zim very rich in pace department, there must be more to this story.

  • POSTED BY SLMaster on | August 27, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    I do not understand what is the problem here. They are plenty of same stuff on you tube. Johnson bowling was pretty much shared around the world, nothing hidden because of his awesome bowling.

  • POSTED BY grahaam on | August 27, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    The coach is in a difficult position and maintaining the respect of players will be very testing..he cannot lead by example as he never played cricket(, also he cannot support his actions , having no experience of changing room banter...which all cricketers use to relax themselves and their team mates..this was not a breach of discipline (unless there is a cover up of something more serious) This should have remained under the spotlight , and been resolved quietly..where is Waller?

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    My teacher in school would have forgiven me for this silly mistake!

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    Going by the information that we have available, I have to say this is absolutely nonsensical from the Zimbabwe coaching staff. Ridiculous is the word!!!!.

  • POSTED BY smudgeon on | August 27, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    There has to be much more to this story than we're being let in on. Sharing a video of one of your upcoming opposition in action? Totalls inappropriate, yes.

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    I don't understand. He's a cricket player sharing a cricket video.

    What were the intentions behind sharing? Was it so that their team mates could learn from it? He definitely did with his spell of bowling.

    Was it to intimidate his teammates? I doubt it.

  • POSTED BY Off_the_Pitch on | August 27, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    One has to feel for the Zim cricketers right now. Their country is in political and economic meltdown. Their coach is trying to impress who knows who - and seemingly for someone else's agenda. The team is forced to live in boot camp mode. Receiving any salary can be irregular. Their most experienced players are dropped from the team, when playing against two of the strongest teams in world cricket. At the end of the day, these guys are supposed to enjoy playing cricket and should feel that it is an honour to play for ones's country. However, it is unlikely that these guys are experiencing similar emotions - with considerable justification. Zim has both considerable cricketing heritage and talent. Hopefully the players themselves can put aside what they have to put up with - and show that talent by simply enjoying playing good cricket together as a team.

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    I guess pretty much everyone is missing the point here. The guy was trying to scare his fellow teammates. If I am the coach, I do not want someone that has a loser's mentality and trying to spread such attitude throughout the team.

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    That makes sense. Zimbabwe about as strong as a mediocre county side so they ban a player for watching cricket. God help us from cricket authorities.

  • POSTED BY TauraiM on | August 27, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    This makes very little sense. Draconian implementation of petty rules and arbitrary codes will not score Zimbabwe runs, or add pace to the seam bowler's efforts. It seems an over the top reaction to the walloping from the Proteas, as well as panic at the impending meeting with the Aussies. Oh, and the window Johnson smashed off Panyangara's bowling.

  • POSTED BY YoPatel on | August 27, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    We generally watch videos and learn how most influence seamers bowl. Probably Panyangara was doing the same and letting other fellow know about it.

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    This video can be seen by vittually any one. Its on the internet and I find it parculiar that Panyagara has been banned for something the whole world can see. Surely, The coache must viewed this video and showed it to the players during their preparations for the Triangle Series, and discussed in lenght how to handlle Mitchell Johnson. All the batsmen and coaches around the world probably study and anylyse this Johnson's video .This seesm such an authoritive manner to which Zimbabwean players are now being subjected to. Very shortly players will be just too scared to express their opinions and discuss issues that effect the team. Some sanity must prevail, these players are adults not school children.

  • POSTED BY Rob70 on | August 27, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    Rob70 How pathetic not the way to manage Zim cricket!!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 27, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    I find it silly on part of ZCB

  • POSTED BY Nduru on | August 27, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    These guys faced Steyn and Morkell and De Lange and co recently. Why on earth should sharing a video of Mitchell Johnson suddenly be such an offense? Surely to prepare for such an ordeal, it is best to face the truth about what awaits you and steel yourself for the coming battle? This is ridiculous.

  • POSTED BY Anil_Koshy on | August 27, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    The logic is unclear, the whole world should be banned in that case, every follower of game like watch videos of their favorite crickets.

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | August 27, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    It is early in the morning for me and my brain is still asleep so can someone explain to me what is the problem and what does "The sharing of such a video might be brushed off as a bit of bantering among team-mates, albeit with a gallows humour element to it. " I don't get it, the sharing a video of Mitchell Johnson bowling bouncers is bad why? It is banter how? It is gallow humour or any type of humour how? I don't get it.

  • POSTED BY ruester on | August 27, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    Had these other players never seen Johnson bowl? I think the whole world knows how quick he is.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | August 27, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    He sent the Zimbabwean batsmen a video of Johnson terrorising the English batsmen in the Ashes with a caption like "Good luck boys".

    Pretty funny, this is over the top.

  • POSTED BY ShekharBhandari on | August 27, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    He has apparently shared a video of Mitch Johnson's vicious bouncers which the English were ''fending, ducking, getting hurt by''. And he commented on it saying - All the best folks to his Zim mates. Hence banned!

  • POSTED BY TATTUs on | August 27, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    'Cricketer Banned for watching and sharing cricket', Oh! I see, Disruptive... Wait! WHAT!?

  • POSTED BY njr1330 on | August 27, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    'Cricketer banned for watching cricket' ... It's a headline you just couldn't invent... and indeed wouldn't dream of inventing!

  • POSTED BY Dimash on | August 27, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    He might be thinking like 'if Johnson can do this to Englishmen...there's no shame on being a spectator while facing him'. It kind of went wrong and it seemed as if he was demoralising his team mates.

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    This is crazy.... May be Zimbabwe's best bowler... What the fault he has done?

  • POSTED BY RobTay14 on | August 27, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    My guess is that he was bantering about how scary it's going to be to face this guy. Like jokingly trying to scare his fellow teammates, particularly the batsmen? And management thought it was harmful to mentality. But, this is ridiculous, it's ridiculous for that to get a one match ban, let alone a whole series.. Why ban him? why not just be like: 'dude, don't do that again...'

  • POSTED BY shane-oh on | August 27, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    I don't understand - expelled because he encouraged his team-mates to watch a video of an opposition bowler? Can someone shed some light on the logic at play here? How very odd.

  • POSTED BY paritoshuttam on | August 27, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    So? Sharing a cricket video on whatsapp is an offence?

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    whats wrong with sharing the video n that too of bowling ???

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  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    whats wrong with sharing the video n that too of bowling ???

  • POSTED BY paritoshuttam on | August 27, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    So? Sharing a cricket video on whatsapp is an offence?

  • POSTED BY shane-oh on | August 27, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    I don't understand - expelled because he encouraged his team-mates to watch a video of an opposition bowler? Can someone shed some light on the logic at play here? How very odd.

  • POSTED BY RobTay14 on | August 27, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    My guess is that he was bantering about how scary it's going to be to face this guy. Like jokingly trying to scare his fellow teammates, particularly the batsmen? And management thought it was harmful to mentality. But, this is ridiculous, it's ridiculous for that to get a one match ban, let alone a whole series.. Why ban him? why not just be like: 'dude, don't do that again...'

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    This is crazy.... May be Zimbabwe's best bowler... What the fault he has done?

  • POSTED BY Dimash on | August 27, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    He might be thinking like 'if Johnson can do this to Englishmen...there's no shame on being a spectator while facing him'. It kind of went wrong and it seemed as if he was demoralising his team mates.

  • POSTED BY njr1330 on | August 27, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    'Cricketer banned for watching cricket' ... It's a headline you just couldn't invent... and indeed wouldn't dream of inventing!

  • POSTED BY TATTUs on | August 27, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    'Cricketer Banned for watching and sharing cricket', Oh! I see, Disruptive... Wait! WHAT!?

  • POSTED BY ShekharBhandari on | August 27, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    He has apparently shared a video of Mitch Johnson's vicious bouncers which the English were ''fending, ducking, getting hurt by''. And he commented on it saying - All the best folks to his Zim mates. Hence banned!

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | August 27, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    He sent the Zimbabwean batsmen a video of Johnson terrorising the English batsmen in the Ashes with a caption like "Good luck boys".

    Pretty funny, this is over the top.