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Cricket league welcomed back

By Enock Muchinjo

THE cricket fraternity has welcomed the re-introduction of the National League, which is set to start at the beginning of the new domestic season in September.

T face=”Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>The league was scrapped at the end of the 2002/03 season for financial reasons. Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) domestic general manager Wilfred Mukondiwa told Independent Sport this week that the union will assist clubs financially as they were not able to cope with travelling costs as well as hosting visiting teams.

“We will assist mainly clubs that will be playing away,” he said. “But however the union has always helped in the maintenance of grounds at some clubs and we will continue doing so.”

Provincial selectors will use the National League, alongside provincial competitions, to choose players for the provincial first-class competition, the Logan Cup. The B Division of the Logan Cup has been scrapped to accommodate the club league.

Club officials who spoke to IndependentSport said the National League would intensify competition among players for tournaments like the Logan Cup, the Faithwear one-day series and international first-class matches.

In the past season players who did not make it into provincial sides were restricted to inferior competition in their provincial leagues.

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