CHAMU Chibhabha, Zimbabwe’s limited-overs captain, could find himself in a spot of bother after a rare outburst on Twitter in reaction to a follower who questioned his capacity to lead the team.
On the eve of Zimbabwe’s tour of Pakistan, Itai Neville Charuka’s remark on Twitter on Sunday that Chibhabha does not deserve a place in the team, let alone the captaincy, appeared to irk the 34-year-old batsman, who will be leading the side for the first time since his appointment in January.
“You don’t deserve to be in the team, let alone being captain. A complete travesty,” wrote Charuka in response to a post by Chibhabha in which the skipper spoke about the team’s readiness for the trip.
Chibhabha, who generally engages his followers in a friendly manner, lost his cool and retorted in his vernacular Shona language: “Chitiudzai ka imi muri kuzvigona kumabasa enyu (You should tell us then, since you are the ones doing better than the rest of us in your own professions).”
In further exchanges, Chibhabha challenged Charuka to disclose his own occupation, daring the troll to declare if he regarded himself more competent than other professionals in different fields.
Charuka, though, was not deterred. His profession had nothing to do with anything, he said, adding that as a national team cricketer, it was in fact Chibhabha who should be subject to scrutiny, not him.
Zimbabwe flew out to Pakistan on Monday morning for the Pakistan tour, which consists of three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 internationals.
It is the Zimbabweans’ first assignment since the Covid-19 pandemic brought global sport to a standstill around the beginning of the year.
Chibhabha was appointed at the beginning of 2020 to lead Zimbabwe in both short formats of the game, with Sean Williams captaining the African country in Test cricket.–Staff Writer