Yesterday's decision by Zimbabwe fast-bowler Kyle Jarvis to turn his back on playing for the national side in favour of a county deal with Lancashire is the latest chapter in the game’s gradual decline in the country.
Leg-spinner Amit Mishra became the sixth Indian to return six wickets in a One-Day International as India wrapped up a 5-0 series win over Zimbabwe with a seven-wicket success in the final match in Bulawayo.
Bangladesh gave Mushfiqur Rahim the perfect captaincy farewell by bouncing back from yesterday's defeat to earn a share of the spoils in the Twenty20 series against Zimbabwe. They posted an identical total - 168 - to that of Zimbabwe on Saturday and, like then, it proved to be enough. Shakib Al Hasan continued the similarities from game one by again starring with both bat and ball to make himself a shoo-in for the man of the series award.
Zimbabwe stretched their winning streak against Bangladesh to three matches by prevailing in a tense opening T20 International in Bulawayo. Their impressive total of 168 for five was built on the back of a fine second-wicket stand of 74 between Brendan Taylor and Hamilton Maskadza, while their bowlers kept plugging away despite the Bangladeshi pair of Shakib Al Hasan and Shamsur Rahman putting on a substantial second-wicket stand of their own.
Mushfiqur Rahim has announced he will stand down as Bangladesh captain, just hours after his side lost their One-Day International series in Zimbabwe by two games to one. Rahim, 24, took over the captaincy in September 2011, replacing Shakib Al Hasan, subsequently leading the team to a first ever Test draw against Sri Lanka and an ODI series win against the West Indies.