Young players revive hope for Zimbabwe Cricket

WESLEY Madhevere’s blistering start to international cricket has ignited hope that younger players have what it takes to improve Zimbabwean cricket.
Many considered Wesley Madhevere’s inclusion in the Chevrons’ side as somewhat of a gamble but a bright start to international cricket has shown just why selectors were brave enough to include the under 19 players.
In his first competitive one-day international, Madhevere took 1 wicket and scored 35 runs before improving his performance with the bat by scoring a maiden ODI half-century in Zimbabwe’s narrow 4 run defeat to Bangladesh on Tuesday.
Junior coach Cromen Zinyama has hailed Madhevere, challenging selectors to continue having a look at bright prospects regardless of their age.
“In the past we had the likes of Hamilton Masakadza breaking into the national team at 17, we then saw Tatenda Taibu being groomed and taking over the role of wicket-keeper batsman from Andy Flower. It is thus important to give more under 19 players a chance and this is justified by Wesley’s performances in Bangladesh after showing his abilities at the under 19 world cup,” said Zinyama.
Zimbabwe has often come under criticism for recycling players that many a time fail to prove themselves despite evidence of better-performing players on the domestic front.
Recently, selectors appear to have become more adventurous with Kevin Kasuza, Prince Masvaure, Ainsley Ndlovu, Brian Mudzinganyama and lately, Wesley Madhevere, being given an opportunity to prove themselves.
Zimbabwe is currently playing a One Day International (ODI) series against Bangladesh with the next match taking place at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet, Bangladesh this Friday.