Eight months after Heath Streak's controversial departure as captain provoked a boycott by white players, only half a dozen rebels remain.
If knowing one's past is the key to future success, then the Nottingham Forest manager, Colin Calderwood, may succeed where so many recent predecessors have failed.
On the day that Heath Streak announced his retirement from international cricket, his former Zimbabwe colleagues were demanding that the country's cricket board reinstates Phil Simmons, the coach who was dismissed in August.
Phil Simmons, who was dismissed last month as Zimbabwe coach, has attacked the country's administrators, saying that they have "no understanding of cricket".
Phil Simmons, the Zimbabwe coach, refused yesterday to get involved in the ban preventing The Times and other news organisations from entering Zimbabwe.
There was an air of resignation when Zimbabwe's rebel players met for the final time amid the surreal calm of Harare's Botanical Gardens.