ZC appeals for a return to competitive cricket

By ZBC Reporter

Following the worldwide COVID 19 induced lockdowns, action has returned in most cricketing countries such as Afghanistan, England and Pakistan with calls for Zimbabwe to follow suit or run the risk of being left behind especially with the World Cup quest beckoning.

With a desire to see the return of competitive action in the gentlemen’s game of cricket, Zimbabwe Cricket has applied to the government through the SRC to resume competitions after only training had been cleared.

As part of the super league that will decide which countries take part at the world cup, the Chevrons have a date against Pakistan in October with the ZC Director of Cricket, Hamilton Masakadza revealing that processes seeking the start of action had started.

“If that goes ahead, the guys will be leaving on the 20th of October. We have applied to the government for clearance first and foremost to see if the team will be allowed to tour Pakistan. We have also applied to the government to allow us to resume domestic cricket. That will be our local cricket because obviously the guys will need some match practice if that was to happen,” he says.

Following the green light for training to take place, zonal sessions started last week with a full camp expected once the government gives the nod.

Masakadza, however, believes that it is crucial for Zimbabwe to prepare for the coming super league and return to international cricket if any prospects of taking part at the world cup are to be harboured.

“We obviously need to get going as well because as soon as we possibly can. It is important to get started now because of this super league which was introduced,” Masakadza adds.

“If you play well in your super league games then you can still get a ticket to go to the world cup. So that is very important for us. Hopefully, we get started so that we don’t get left behind too much in terms of that super league but we start accumulating points like the other guys and we are not under pressure to play catch up.”

The super league is the world qualification tournament that does away with qualifiers, with full preparedness essential for the team to be on top form during this tournament format’s staging.

Meanwhile, domestic cricket, the women’s game and the national club league have been sighted as key to lift the standard of play in the country.