Taibu vies for top award



THE Zimbabwe Cricketer of the Year trophy to be given away at an awards function tomorrow almost has Tatenda Taibu’s name written on it.



tica, sans-serif”>National team cricket captain Taibu is almost certain to be rewarded for his efforts in the last 2004/5 season after putting up the best individual performance in a Zimbabwe team that generally was not up to standard.

The 22-year-old skipper notched his maiden Test century (153) in January away to Bangladesh.


Taibu was also by a margin the best player in domestic cricket, leading Mashonaland to a sixth straight Logan Cup victory with two well-played centuries, missing on a third one after he was dismissed for 91 against Matabeleland.


Players who could come in with a challenge for the top accolade are Dion Ebrahim and Keith Dabengwa, but mainly for their Logan Cup performances for Manicaland and Matabeleland respectively.


Stiffer competition is however expected in the Bob Nixon Under-21 Player of the Year category, where a number of young players showed signs of maturity.


Nineteen-year-old Chamunorwa Chibhabha could be the front-runner after a good season with Mashonaland and Zimbabwe A. A refined stroke player and accurate medium pace bowler, Chibhabha is a complete all-rounder with good temperament.


Among his challengers are national off-spin bowler Prosper Utseya and Matabeleland all-rounder Sean Williams. – Staff Writer.