Welch, Byrom earn UK scholarships

HARARE - Two of Zimbabwe’s brightest cricket prospects, Nick Welch and Ed Byrom, have secured scholarships in England, national Under-19 coach Walter Chawaguta revealed yesterday.

Chawaguta was explaining his side’s recent poor showing at the Cubs Week tournament in South Africa recently, where the Zimbabwean teenagers won just one out of four games, saying the departure of the two rising stars for the UK alongside three other teammates weakened the Under-19s.

“It was always going to be difficult bearing in mind the age difference and our preparations which were rain affected,” Chawaguta told the Daily News yesterday.

Chawaguta said the team he travelled with to South Africa was predominantly an Under-17 side. 

“We have lost most of our key players such as Ed Byrom, Kyle Hopper, Brad Evans, Richard Lock and lately Nick Welch all through cricket scholarships in England so we have a very new and inexperienced squad and they are work in progress.

“I did say that this will be a bit of a learning curve for this group, who will also be attending the tournament for two more years after this one. The target and challenge for us is continued improvement.”

16-year-old prodigy Welch has already played first-class cricket for Mashonaland Eagles while Ed Byrom, the 17-year-old son of veteran Zimbabwean sports writer Glen Byrom, is also rated highly in Zimbabwean cricket circles.

Comments (2)

Why do you keep picking these players when you know fully well they'll bail ultimately out? I'v ewritten somewhere a couple of years ago that ZC needed a strategy to deal with this. Tie them down or ignore them alltogether. Basically ignore them from all the age group teams. The fact that some of them are even given the opportunity to play FC cricket, or tolerated when they come running for World Cup riches is ludicrous. Such nonsense would not be tolerated by Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan or Sri Lanka. Thankfully they don't have to worry about closet Britons. By and large their junior players only dream of living in and playing for those war torn poor countries.

ZCFOutkast - 13 January 2015

what if they were black ?

sky - 13 January 2015

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