Harare cricket clubs to self-fund league

HARARE - Clubs in the Harare Metropolitan Vigne Cup-league have been asked to fund their own activities following the withdrawal of financially-troubled Zimbabwe Cricket ahead of the new season.
The Vigne Cup First League will see an upsurge in the number of participating teams from the usual eight to 11.

Harare Sports Club bounces back to the league after a three-year absence while Highlands Country Club and Borrowdale side Rainbow are two of the newest teams.

Vigne Cup league committee chairperson Tererai Mubwandarikwa said: “We have opened up the league to everyone that we feel can give us competition after the Cricket Committee indicated that some players were not getting enough exposure.”

Given the dire financial situations of the clubs, it is feared ZC’s withdrawal will hit club cricket hard, resulting in mismatches and cancellations.

“I understand the clubs have already gone on an overdrive to try and raise their own funds,” Mubwandarikwa added.

The league was scheduled to kick off this weekend but has been postponed by a week to pave way for the annual High Schools Cricket Festival that gets underway in the capital today.

About 58 schools will take part at this year’s tournament, spread over 29 cricket fields the city.

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