Zim was always my first choice: PJ

HARARE - Uncapped batsman PJ Moor says it has always been a “goal” to play for Zimbabwe despite earlier links with Ireland.

The Harare-born rising star leaves the country today to join the Zimbabwe ODI squad for the five-match series against Bangladesh, which starts after the completion of the third Test, currently underway in Chittagong.

Now 23, the former Zimbabwe Under-19 captain’s exploits in the country’s domestic league for Mashonaland Eagles and Midwest Rhinos have not gone unnoticed, earning him a national call-up for the first time.

He was once linked with an international career under Ireland’s flag following three seasons in that country, where he performed remarkably well for Northern Cricket Union club CIYMS and Leinster Cricket Union club YMCA.

However, the former Zimbabwe youth star says his heart has always been here.

“My grandmother was from Ireland, maybe that’s why people thought that (I would play for Ireland) but that was never my goal. I have always wanted play for Zimbabwe ever since I was a little boy,” Moor tells the Daily News.

Getting in to a team that’s being hammered by fellow minnows is not how Moor dreamt his debut for Zimbabwe would come.

But the right-hander says he is determined to use this opportunity to further his game and help Zimbabwe find its feet again.

“To be honest, I want to stay off what happens off the field, because that is out of my control,” he says. 

“I’m just grateful the coach has given me a chance. I’m hoping I can repay it by scoring runs.”

Moor emerged into the scene after being selected into Zimbabwe’s Under-19 side as a 15-year-old seven years ago. 

He played in two Under-19 World Cups, captaining the side in New Zealand in 2010.

Peter Joseph Moor learnt most of his cricket at St John’s College in Harare, where he was renowned as a run machine for the school’s XI team.

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