Zimbabwe’s fielding coach, Shepherd Makunura, passed away tragically after a lengthy illness. He succumbed to his illness on Thursday at Harare’s West End Hospital. Due to poor health, he had been unable to go to Australia for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in October and November of this year.

“One of our sport’s hidden heroes, who played a key role in discovering and developing many of Zimbabwe’s outstanding players, has passed away. He was one of our greatest coaches. – Givemore Makoni, managing director of ZC. Zimbabwe cricket tweeted, “#RIPShepherdMakunura.”

In this capacity, Makunura got the chance to work with some of Zimbabwe’s greatest cricketers, including Sikandar Raza, Blessing Muzarabani, and Roy Kaia. He also served as the team’s head coach for the Masvingo-based Southern Rocks.

In Zimbabwe, he has also held the position of head coach for the A team.

The only individuals remaining to take care of Makunura are Sinikiwe Mpofu, a former Zimbabwe cricket player and current assistant coach of the Zimbabwe women’s cricket team, and their two children.

In his statement, Makoni said, “We are grateful for his significant contributions to sport both domestically and internationally, and the void he has left will be hard to fill.