National T20 tourney cancelled

HARARE - Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has cancelled the National Twenty20 tournament which was supposed to serve as the first competition of the 2017/2018 domestic cricket season.

With a number of local players set to be part of the auction for the Afghanistan Premier League, ZC had to postpone the competition to a later date.

Some of the national team players set to feature in Afghanistan include Hamilton Masakadza, Sean Williams, Elton Chigumbura, Richmond Mutumbami, Ryan Burl and Luke Jongwe.

The domestic T20 tournament had been scheduled to be held over a few days across two venues — Queens Sports Club and Bulawayo Athletic Club in the City of Kings — beginning September 15.

At least two foreign teams and an Associate Provincial Select side were set to be part of the tournament to bring the total number of participating teams to seven.

This development means that the T20 competition will now run concurrently with the Logan Cup and the Pro 50 Championship.

ZC head of cricket affairs Givemore Makoni confirmed the postponement of the T20 competition.

“The position is that we are changing the competition and spreading the games so that they are played in a league format as opposed to playing a few days’ tournament in one city,” Makoni said.

“It will now be played throughout the season with the top side in terms of points being crowned champions at the end of the season.

“A lot of our players had agreed contracts to play in the Afghanistan league and going ahead with the T20 competition would mean that we would be short of at least 10 players which would have breached the value of the competition because you would want all your high-profile players to be there.”

The domestic premier first class tournament, the Logan Cup, is now set to kick-start the season with a view of giving the players a good launching pad into the incoming home Test series against West Indies.

“We are now going to start with the Logan Cup as we look ahead to the Test series against West Indies so that the players get a feel of the longer version before the Caribbean Islanders arrive and currently we are working on the new dates but the league should be in full swing next month.”

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