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Zimbabwe fire coach Stephen Mangongo eight weeks before World Cup

Zimbabwe have fired coach Stephen Mangongo eight weeks before the Cricket World Cup on the back of dismal tour of Bangladesh.

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The search for Mangongo's successor is immediately under way after he oversaw whitewash defeats in both the three-match Test series and five-game one-day international rubber in the subcontinent.

Zimbabwe cricket chairman Wilson Manase said two unnamed candidates are in the running for the post.

"They are experienced people and will do us proud," Manase said, as quoted by ESPN Cricinfo.

"After our Bangladesh tour we decided to conduct an investigation into what happened and also to look at our structures because we needed to move forward and wanted to ensure that the stakeholders and ourselves are satisfied that what we are doing is enhancing the performance on the field.

"We held a board meeting to consider the reports coming from the cricket committee and what we have come up with is that we need a bit of restructuring of our technical team."

Mangongo will be retained by Zimbabwe Cricket as the country's under-19 coach following the abrupt end to his five-month tenure - the highlight of which was came in August when a three-wicket triumph secured a first ODI win over Australia in 31 years.

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