Zim U19 cricket team bemoans rains

HARARE - Zimbabwe Under-19 cricket team manager Nick Singo says the rains have adversely affected his side’s preparations for the five-day Franchise Cubs week that began in Stellenbosch, South Africa yesterday.

He was, however, adamant that against the odds, the teenagers will compete favourably at the five-day annual tournament.

Zimbabwe will be hoping to gain vital exposure as they wind up preparations for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup next month.

At last year’s five-day Franchise Cubs week in Stellenbosch, Zimbabwe found the going tough winning only one match out of five.

And having had limited training this year due to the persistent rains that pounded the country in recent weeks, the Craig Murray-captained side will have to dig deep to change that.

“We are not very happy because of the rains; they played a huge impact on our preparations, but obviously we tried our best with the facilities that we have,” Singo said upon Zimbabwe’s departure for South Africa yesterday.

“Obviously our team is a balanced side; we have about two spinners, three seamers and six batsmen, so I’m really happy with the composition of the team.

“This will be the core of our ICC U19 World Cup side but we are still looking for more quality players that’s why there is a scouting program currently going on to find more players.”

Singo was optimistic ahead of the tour.

“All they can expect is a good side which is going to compete hopefully will get positive results. This is our first tour for this group so we will see how it goes.

Zim U19 team: Craig Murray (captain), Lawrence Magwenzi,  Blessed Muzite, Trevor Chibvongodze, Tatenda Chiradza (vice-captain), Adam Keefe, William Mashinge, Davies Murwedo, Tendai Matigimu, Jeremy Ives, Brendon Mavuta, Sydney Murombo, Rugare Magarira, Aiden Ruhode, Snater Snyder.

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