Tuskers confident of success

HARARE - Matabelelnad Tuskers are confident of a bright 2014-15 cricket season ahead of the start of the domestic franchise league this weekend.

The Bulawayo-based franchise, which already has national team players Sean Williams, John Nyumbu and Brain Chari on its roster, has benefitted largely from the dissolution of former Masvingo franchise Southern Rocks.

Zimbabwe seamer Brian Vitori, wicketkeeper batsman Richmond Mutumbami and all-rounder Luke Jongwe have all signed with Tuskers for this season.

Tuskers, who are also the country’s most decorated franchise with three Logan Cup titles, have also scooped on Mountaineers seamer Shingi Masakadza.

Stan Staddon, the Tuskers administrator, said: “I believe we have a very strong team this season that can compete in any format and challenge for the title.

“We will have the luxury of using top class international bowlers in a left and right combination of Vitori and Masakadza. I’m quite pleased as well with some of the not so-called big names that we have this season.”

Staddon revealed that Sean Williams, who captained Tuskers last season, is sorting out issues with Zimbabwe Cricket after he was dropped from the ongoing tour to Bangladesh in controversial circumstances.

“He’s on a national team contract and should be sorting out his dispute with the authorities for a place back in the team but as far as domestic cricket is concerned, he is training with us.”

The 2014-2015 season gets off this Sunday with a Pro 50 Championship match between Tuskers and Mountaineers at Queens Sports Club.

On the same day in Harare, Mashonaland Eagles entertain Mid-West Rhinos at Old Hararians.

The country’s first-class competition, the four-day Logan Cup, begins on Tuesday at the respective match venues.

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