Sean Williams of Zimbabwe does a U-turn
Zimbabwe’s test captain one of the most dependable & impressive cricketers Sean Williams had announced his retirement a few days ago. He had sent a letter to the Zimbabwean cricket board to this effect. However, in the latest development, the left-handed batsman has withdrawn his resignation letter. And is said to be valuable to play for Zimbabwe until his contract finishes in 8 months.
All did not seem to be too well with Zimbabwe cricket when Williams announced his retirement. While earlier announcing his retirement he expressed his dissatisfaction with the functioning of the Zimbabwean head coach Lalchand Rajput. Who was a former Mumbai cricketer and was the Indian coach during their inaugural T20 World cup triumph in 2007 under Dhoni.
William’s said that Rajput has create a poor environment within the team and there is a lot of mistrust and backbiting which is a very surprising news for the Indian fans as Rajput is portray as a very affable individual.
‘I can’t see a way forward under coach [Lalchand] Rajput. The environment he has created in the team is bad. There is too much talking and backbiting which creates mistrust”, Sean Williams had said ahead of his retirement decision.
Zimbabwean coach Rajput however is having a tough time since he has taken up this assignment in 2018 as Zimbabwe has lost 4 ODIs and 8 T20Is in the 29 matches in each format.
At 34, Sean Williams is one of the most dependable players in the current Zimbabwean team. And has a very impressive international record. In just 14 tests he scored 1034 runs at 41 average with 4 centuries and also taken 21 wickets with his left-arm spin. 136 odis he managed 3958 runs at 35 average and 82 strike rate with 4 centuries and 72 wickets. In 47 T20Is he has scored 945 runs at 22 average and 128 strike rate and has taken 32 wickets.
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While his earlier retirement decision had a bearing on the team environment. It remains to be seen how he shapes up if he is included in the XI in the current T20I series. With Ireland or even in the next assignments of Zimbabwe.
Also, it remains to be seen whether the Zimbabwean board is keen to have him play. Renew his contract once the current player contract expires and whether Williams agree to the same.