Ervine left unhappy with the Zimbabwe Cricket Board’s decision to leave Flower and Streak.
BATSMAN Sean Ervine has waded into the war over the omission of Heath Streak and Grant Flower for this month’s West Indies tour, saying Zimbabwe Cricket is digging itself into a hole.
Ervine used his Twitter account on Thursday to criticise Zimbabwe Cricket, joining skipper Brendan Taylor who has already voiced his disquiet over the move.
He said: “If Zim Cricket keep doing the things they doing, players who are making a name for themselves around the world will leave!
“Zim have improved since the likes of Streak & Flower have been involved. You are digging a big hole for yourself and there is only one.
“Organisation to blame when it goes underground! I feel for the players who are involved as their games will not improve. Enough said!”
Taylor has labelled it a “step in the wrong direction” that coaching support staff will not travel with the team to the Caribbean.
ZC spokesperson Shingai Ruhwaya has insisted that the decision to drop Streak, Flower and fitness trainer Lorraine Chivandire was taken after consultations with the team, including Taylor.
She said: “The decision is based on recommendations made by the Cricket Committee (Alistair Campbell, Dave Houghton, Cyprian Mandenge, the late Kevin Curran and Freddy Kapuya) in November last year.
“They made these recommendations after consultations with senior players and coaches following Zimbabwe’s poor performance at the ICC T20 World Cup.
“Those players who were present, and these include the captain, Brendan Taylor, were in agreement that the team was not pulling in the same direction, that they were getting conflicting instructions, that the coaching staff has differences and that the coaching staff is too big.”
But Taylor has come out to suggest he was not part of the decision.
Taylor is particularly worried about the absence of Flower, who was playing with the team until September 2010, and has since been in charge of training the batsmen.
Flower’s dedication and experience, Taylor said, will be missed on the tour.
He blasted: “We will never have a guy like Grant Flower ever again as a batting coach and this is how he is being treated! His work ethic is second to none. He is qualified as a level 4 coach (can’t get any higher).
“I recall times where he has thrown to the guys from 9AM through to 5PM for weeks on end. You might say that is his job, but no one will do it better. “The bit of success that myself and others have had over the past couple of years, I put that down to Grant Flower. People are saying the preparation should have been done prior to the tour, that’s correct. But preparation on tour is vital too, let alone their knowledge, advice and their experience that could be shared on a daily basis.”