Zim U-19 cricketers resume camp

HARARE - Zimbabwe's Under-19 cricket team has decided to cut short their New Year celebrations as they resume camp this morning at Harare Sports in preparation for the five-day Franchise Clubs week in South Africa.

The tournament will run from January 5 to 9 in Stellenbosch featuring the cream of South African franchise teams as well as their national Under-17 side. The South African franchise teams include Lions, Dolphins, Titans, Knights, Cape Cobras and the Warriors.

The Pro 50 games will be used to gauge the team’s level of preparedness ahead of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup that will be held in Dubai in February. Zimbabwe are drawn in Group C together with neighbours South Africa, West Indies and Canada.

“It’s a very competitive tournament that features the South African junior national sides as well as the franchise teams so the players are cognisant of the fact that these are not just practice games but we need come out victorious,” Chawaguta told the Daily News yesterday.

“We had to cut the honeymoon short and I believe the guys fully understand what’s at stake with the bigger picture being the World Cup. I guess they also had enough time to rest having been away for one and half weeks after we picked the provisional squad on the 17th.”

The selectors had a bias towards spin bowlers, picking six slow bowlers in the provisional squad in view of the spin friendly conditions of Dubai. Chawaguta said the final World Cup squad will be announced after the South Africa tournament.

“Absolutely, I’m very happy with the team, we have covered all the angles as far as the combinations are concerned and the tournament in South Africa will reveal whether it’s going to work and if there’s also any department that we need to work on.”

ZIM PROVISIONAL SQUAD

Malcolm Lake (captain), Luke Jongwe, Dylan Nel, Stephen Kanhukamwe, Kieren Geyle, Jaylord Gumbie (wk), Charles Kunje, Patrick Mambo, Cuthbert Musoko, Hebert Chikomba, Alexander Bell, Tarisai Musakanda, Dylan Hondo, Ryan Burl, Mkhululi Nyathi.

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