THE Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) has awarded contracts for the 2004/5 season to the greenhorns who were thrown into the deep end following a rebellion by 15 senior white players protesting the d
ismissal of former captain Heath Streak.
Skipper Tatenda Taibu, who replaced Streak, leads the group of nine players offered national contracts by the ZCU. The other players are Mark Vermeulen, Dion Ebrahim, Douglas Hondo, Mluleki Nkala, Blessing Mahwire, Stuart Matsikinyeri, Alester Maregwede and Barney Rogers.
The inexperienced players now form the backbone of the national team in place of the fired rebels who left Zimbabwe unable to field a competitive side and compelled the International Cricket Council to suspend the country’s Test matches until January.
Players contracted under Level I senior category are:
Vusimuzi Sibanda; Brendan Taylor; Tinashe Panyangara; Elton Chigumbura; Edward Rainsford; Prosper Utseya; Gavin Ewing; Jordane Nicolle; Charles Coventry; and Tawanda Mupariwa.
Level I junior:
Alexander Cremer; Innocent Chinyoka; Chamunorwa Chibhabha; Stephen Wright; Tafadzwa Mufambisi; Bobby Mpofu; Waddington Mwayenga; Alan Mwayenga; Wisdom Siziba; and Ryan Bennett.