By Tapiwa Machemedze
Zimbabwe Cricket is consolidating recent gains in the game through grassroots development targeting rural areas.
In this regard, Mashonaland Central Cricket Association (MCCA) has become the latest beneficiary of Zimbabwe Cricket’s rural development drive, with a coaching clinic being held in Bindura.
“We have got youngsters who are still playing cricket who want to become coaches. We have school teachers as well from different schools whereby as Zimbabwe Cricket, we are happy to conduct this coaching course so that they can go back to their schools and coach youngsters. We are trying to give light to every child in Zimbabwe and making sure we cover the whole country. we have visited almost every province this season conducting coaching courses,” said Zimbabwe Cricket Coach Education Officer, Stanley Timoni.
“We are doing a cricket donation under the programme, ‘Rural Cricket, Kumusha Ekhaya’ from Zimbabwe Cricket. We are not only doing it in one province, but we have done it in other provinces in Zimbabwe and we are trying to develop the game to the underprivileged areas, the marginalised area in Zimbabwe. We are saying we need to give an opportunity to the player to take up cricket and also to come up and represent Zimbabwe,” Francis Rashikai, of Rural Cricket, Kumusha Ekhaya noted.
MCCA is confident knowledge imparted to the coaches will consolidate efforts being made across the country to develop the game.
“We are very grateful for support we are getting from Zimbabwe Cricket by sending us course instructors for the courses as well as the equipment. Cricket is very technical. Zimbabwe is a test playing nation. We play against big nations so with the equipment. and the knowledge, it has to be of highest level,” said Lazarus Razawo, MCCA administrator.
Danny Tumozo, MCCA Chairman said, “It is complimenting in line with our vision of having players which you witnessed previously as Mash Central. We managed to have at least four ladies in the Zimbabwe Under 19 Women who are going to the World Cup next year in South Africa. So, today’s event is a whole new thing and it’s going to develop our players with regards to our vision.”
Similar coaching courses have been held in the other nine other provinces, with Zimbabwe Cricket building on the recent success at international level.