BRUCE Makovah, the Zimbabwe cricket national selectors convener, has slammed criticism against the composition of the Zimbabwe A side that is set to begin a month-long series against Bangladesh A with a four-day game in Mutare tomorrow.
justify>Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) last week announced a weak A side consisting of players from the under-strength National League. Players from a splinter league in Mashonaland were not selected, as Makovah remained adamant this week that as long as they do not play in “the official system” they will not be considered.
“ZC is not running separately,” Makovah told IndependentSport. “People cannot just walk in and walk out as they wish. These players were encouraged to play the official league. So those who were prepared to rebel we did not look at them. Besides I did not see any statistics from their league. I only got to know
that they were playing through hearsay.”
Makovah said ZC had changed the way representative sides were chosen.
“If we look at the squad that was selected, the players came from various provinces. Also if you look at the statistics Mashonaland came last in the league. It automatically shows that the other provinces have a pool of players as well.”
The chief selector believes the country’s selection base will be wider after the Bangladesh A series.
“Basically this is a first major step to give other people an opportunity and widen the player base in the country. Our cricket has been based on recycling players, and this affected us the last time when players decided to rebel. We found ourselves in a crisis because we had no broad player base,” he said. — Staff Writer.