Carlisle returns with optimism

Enock Muchinjo

STUART Carlisle returned to Zimbabwe cricket with six other former dissenting players a few months ago at the end of a year-long stand-off.



Helvetica, sans-serif”>The seven players have all played provincial cricket and, apart from former captain Heath Streak and batsman Craig Wishart, they have also represented the Zimbabwe “A” side.


The veteran Carlisle was handed the captaincy for the Pakistan “A” home series last month, and although the team’s and his own personal performance was not that satisfactory, Carlisle was encouraged by the spirit in the team.


“It was good. Players got on well. It’s a positive sign,” said Carlisle.

“Obviously captaining the side has always been good. It is important that the older players like me try to be positive every time, especially when you have youngsters around,” he added.


On the team’s performance, Carlisle echoed what everyone else has observed, saying: “The bowling was quite good and we put up good pressure. The weakness is the batting. I think we just need to be a lot more positive.


“The problem is we had guys getting to 50 and getting out. If you are in form, you have to stay in form.”


The New Zealand tour in August and the India one thereafter mark the beginning of the international season for Zimbabwe.


Carlisle expressed hope that off-field wrangling does not happen again.


“Last year was tough for Zimbabwe with all the ups and downs. We have to start again. I think there is talent and depth in our cricket and we need to gel together,” he said.