Development sides need more action

HARARE - While most of the emphasis has been placed on the resurrection of the national team, it is good to see Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) pushing out the boat and organising much needed game time for the various development teams.

An enthralling series between the development teams of Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka has just been completed, with the visitors winning the four-day game, while the hosts claimed the honours in the limited overs series.

Brian Chari was the one stand out player who was a constant thorn in the side of the Sri Lankan team.

Not only did he pass 50 on four occasions, but his ability to adapt to certain situations was most pleasing and encouraging.

He is more than capable of putting the bad ball away, but he also seems to be able to tighten up and defend, as well as rotate the strike when necessary.

I for one was gutted when he was unceremoniously dumped after the first Test match against New Zealand in August.

Granted, he didn’t exactly set the world alight, but he had the added responsibility of keeping wicket after Regis Chakabva was taken ill, and did fine work as stand in glove man.

Fortunately, Chari is young and determined, so his recent flurry of runs came as no surprise, and there is no doubt that he will find himself playing an important role against Sri Lanka later on in the year.

The seam bowling department also seems to be showing signs of potential with the much spoken about Victor Nyauchi and Carl Mumba continuing to press for national selection.

Both Nyauchi and Mumba have gained a bit of pace, and it is comforting to know that they are in the wings to replace either Tinashe Panyangara or Tendai Chatara who sadly are injury plagued.

Though it would naturally be an added bonus to have the experienced duo of Panyagara and Chatara fully fit and firing on all cylinders.

The Africa T20 Cup is also in progress, and although bad weather has bedevilled the tournament, Zimbabwe by a massive default have snuck through to the semi finals, thanks to a rather bizarre draw which took place, by virtue of picking the right colour ball out of a bag.

This alone is preposterous, given the fact that Buffalo Park in East London actually has an indoor facility.

Surely an indoor bowl out match could have been arranged, and one feels for the likes of Free State who beat Zimbabwe in their first pool game, and Easterns who played good cricket, and still lost out, due to drawing the wrong ball out of a bag.

Be that as it may, Zimbabwe have made the most from a tricky situation, and it is up to them to make it count.

Once again Zimbabwe cricket have gone for a fine balance between youth and experience, and the more experienced players will have to stand up and be counted as the younger bucks try to stamp their authority as potential future players for the test team.

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