By Enock Muchinjo
THE CFX national cricket academy reopened this week with a new intake of players for the 2004 season.
For the fir
st time since its establishment in 1999, new players were chosen by a panel of national selectors under the new criteria where the selectors identify promising young players for consideration for the national team.
Six of the 19 enrolled players have already been capped by the national team as a result of the impasse between the Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) and its senior players. These are Elton Chigumbura, Tinashe Panyagara, Brendon Taylor, Prosper Utseya, Edward Rainsford and Waddington Mwayenga. They will join the academy next month after national team commitments.
They are part of the team currently taking on Sri Lanka in a Test match in Harare.
Academy general manager Kish Gokal told IndependentSport this week that former West Indies player Phil Simmons will continue as coach and will be assisted by Matabeleland spin bowler Keith Dabengwa.
Besides playing cricket, players also learn to record scores, umpiring and captaining. The academy also lecturers on toastmasters and basic life skills.
Other players entering the academy include Chris Mpofu, Keith Kulinga, Eric Chauluka, Tawanda Mpariwa, Tafadzwa Mufambisi, Tinashe Ruswa, Innocent Chinyoka, Craig Ervine, Tinashe Hove, Mbekezeli Mabuza, Tinashe Chairuka and Innocent Chinyoka.