Tight schedule for cricket team

By Enock Muchinjo

ZIMBABWE cricket national team players are in a tight schedule as the international season draws to an end.

After Bangladesh wound up a tour of Zimbabwe recently, it was back to domestic first-class cricket as four provincial teams engaged in the Logan Cup competition used as a platform for selection into the national team.

Sri Lanka is expected in Zimbabwe and the first one-dayer is scheduled for mid-April.

The Zimbabwe A side will tour Bangladesh next month to play against the host’s A side in two Test matches and five one-dayers.

Zimbabwe A team players will be out to fight for places in the national team.

Although eight players out of the 14-member Zimbabwe A team have either Test or ODI caps, they have not established themselves in the national team.

Zimbabwe A team players who have not yet featured for the national team are Mashonaland all-rounders Piet Rinke and Jordan Nicolle, CFX Academy and Matebeleland pace bowler Ryan Bennet and the national under 19 trio of all-rounder Elton Chigumbura, fast bowler Panyangara and wicketkeeper Brendan Taylor.

The Australian team is also scheduled to tour Zimbabwe in May following confirmation by a fact-finding team sent by the Aussies that with security guarantees, the team would come.

Zimbabwe A team

Alester Maregwede (captain), Richard Sims (vice captain), Elton Chigumbura, Vusimuzi Sibabnda, Trevor Gripper, Gavin Ewing, Piet Rinke, Tinashe Panyangara, Charles Coventry, Jordan Nicolle, Waddington Mwayenga, Stuart Matsikanyeri, Ryan Bennet and Brendan Taylor.

Coach: Phil Simmons

Ass coach: Mpumelelo Mbangwa

Physio: Amato Machikicho

Manager: Elvis Sembezeya

Selector on tour: Stephen Mangongo.