Sean Williams relocates

HARARE - Matabeleland Tuskers’ all-rounder Sean Williams has joined Mid West Rhinos following his decision to relocate to Harare.

The left-hander opted to drive half the distance between Bulawayo and Harare to play for the Kwekwe-based franchise side.

Williams successfully made his return to the national team at this year’s Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand after he was controversially dropped from the touring party to Bangladesh at the end of last year after falling out with former coach Steve Mangongo.

Upon returning from the World Cup, Williams got married to his fiancée of four years Chantelle Dexter and the 28-year-old said the move to Harare would help him spend more time with his spouse while at the same time according himself ample time to train with the national team whose base is in the capital.

“Yes I have moved up to Harare now and renting a place in a complex in Mount Pleasant. Leaving Tuskers was never going to happen as long as I was playing but the travelling became too much and getting married meant time apart, with training in Harare,” Williams told the Daily News yesterday.

“So we decided to move up here (Harare) together and be together which has been a lot easier for us.

“I will be going to the Rhinos this domestic season which is half way between Harare and Bulawayo but training will be done in Harare.”

In the aftermath of his snub, Zimbabwe was convincingly beaten during the Bangladesh tour, losing the Test series 3-0 and the ODIs 5-0 which ultimately cost Mangongo his job.

Zimbabwe Cricket then appointed Dav Whatmore, only a few weeks before the World Cup.

The former Sri Lanka and Pakistan coach immediately recalled Williams to the national team for the World Cup.

Although Zimbabwe failed to reach the last eight of the competition, Williams was the team’s second highest run scorer with 339 runs at an average of 26.50 in six innings.

He was also the team’s second highest wicket-taker with seven from six innings at an average of 40.85.

Meanwhile, the senior men’s national team is currently in camp winding up preparations for the incoming home series against Pakistan which gets underway at Harare Sports Club with the first Twenty20 encounter on Sunday.

Pakistan is expected to arrive in the country this Thursday.



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