Emerging cricketers off to South Africa

Farirayi Kahwemba

A cricket team made up of emerging players is scheduled to leave for South Africa to play against that country’s development in five one-day matches in Pretoria, beginning on August 13.

Former national team batsman Stuart Matsikinyeri, who is also the Chevrons assistant coach, will lead the 15-member cricket team as their mentor.

Clive Madande, Joylord Gumbie, Wessly Madhevere, Brandon Mavuto, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Brian Bennett, Tanunurwa Makoni and Jonathan Campbell have been named in the 15-member squad that will compete against the South African side.

The matches, which will take place between August 13 and 23 at the Groenkloof Oval in Pretoria, will give the players exposure and the required experience that will mold them into international players capable of representing their countries in the not-so-distant future.

South Africa is a well-established cricket-playing nation, and competing against their development side is bound to improve the skills of the Zimbabwean players.

Some of the Zimbabwean players have played for the Chevrons before, while others are on the verge of breaking into the national team.

The series will also benefit the South African players, many of whom are also being earmarked to break into that country’s national team, the Proteas.

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