Zimbabwe National Cricket Team
Zimbabwe National Cricket Team: Current Squad
Zimbabwe National Cricket Team: Facts and Records
On 21 July 1981, Zimbabwe became an associate member of the ICC.
Zimbabwe participated in the 1983 Cricket World Cup, as well as the 1987 and 1992 events.
Zimbabwe national cricket team: full details
The Zimbabwe national cricket team represents a men’s team on the international cricket arena. The activities of the national team are controlled by the local organization Zimbabwe Cricket. The team from Zimbabwe is a full member of the International Cricket Council, which allows it to compete in such competitions as One Day International, Tests and Twenty20 International.
Zimbabwe national cricket team: the history of cricket in the country
Let’s start with a small excursion into history. Until 1980, the Republic of Zimbabwe had a different name – Rhodesia, and before that – Southern Zambezi. The fact is that in 1888, the British imperialist Cecil Rhodes came to the country to develop mineral resources. He made an agreement with the local chiefs. However, in 1893, King Lobengula realized that he had been deceived and raised an armed uprising against the British colonialists, but the rebellion was suppressed. Soon the state received a new name in honor of Rhodes himself – Rhodesia. Therefore, in historical reports, cricket was actually developed in Rhodesia in the first place.
Rhodesia has established its own national cricket team. It is easy to guess that it consisted exclusively of the British. From 1904 to 1932, the team played in domestic tournaments in the Currie Cup. After gaining independence, in 1946, it began to perform at international competitions.
In 1982, the Zimbabwe national cricket team became an associate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC). For the first time at the Cricket World Cup, the team performed in 1983, but its path ended at the group stage: 5 matches out of six were lost, although it was able to win a crushing victory over the Australian national team.
In 1983, Zimbabwe made its One Day International debut on June 9 against the Australian national team. In 1987, the Zimbabwe national cricket team took part in the second Cricket World Cup, but this time lost six matches out of six in the group stage.
In 1992, Zimbabwe failed to advance beyond the round-robin stage at its third Cricket World Cup. During the same period, the national team receives the status of tests and plays the first match against a team from India, thereby becoming the ninth country in a row that joined the tests. Zimbabwe’s first victory in the competition happened three years later, in 1995. Then it played at home against a team from Pakistan.
In 2006, the Zimbabwe national team made its Twenty20 International debut against a team from Bangladesh.
|Zimbabwe national cricket team debut in Major Cricket Championships|
|June 9 in 1983 against the team from Australia||October 18-22 in 1992 against the national team of India||November 28 in 2006 against the national team of Bangladesh|
At the moment, the Zimbabwe national cricket team is rated as a mid-level team with a floating performance. Unfortunately, the team for a long period of time, since 2003, could not develop adequately due to the politicization of sports in the country, lack of funding, and constant boycotts by players who demanded better conditions.
As the main and, so far, the only achievement of the Zimbabwe national cricket team, we can consider the fifth place at the Cricket World Cup in Super Sixes in 1999 and the sixth place in 2003.
According to the latest data, the Zimbabwe national cricket team is ranked 10th in the Test rankings, 12th in the T20 and 13th in the One Day International. The best result of all time for the team was the following: 9th place in Tests, 8th place in ODI and 10th place in T20.
Zimbabwe national cricket team: scandal at the Cricket World Cup 2003
In 2003, the eighth ICC Cricket World Cup was organized by the forces of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya, of course, and with the support of the International Cricket Council. And these were the most controversial and difficult competitions for the entire time of their holding.
At that time, political unrest was taking place in Zimbabwe. For security reasons, the England team decided to deliberately lose the match to not take part in the further tournament, which was supposed to be held in Zimbabwe. Also, New Zealand refused to play in Kenya for the same reasons.
At the same time, the players of the Zimbabwe national team, Andy Flower and Henry Olonga, held their own personal protest action: the athletes wore black armbands on their sleeves as a sign of “mourning the death of democracy”. Soon they were dismissed by the management. They managed to play only one match in the championship. The players had to ask for political asylum abroad. After the end of the World Cup, many Zimbabwe national cricket team players decided to end their international careers ahead of schedule.
Zimbabwe national cricket team: current squad, coaches
At the moment, the current composition of the Zimbabwe national cricket team includes 23 athletes:
- Opening Batsmen (4): Wesley Madhevere, Emmanuel Bawa, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Cephas Zhuwao.
- Middle Order Batsmen (2): Malcolm Waller, Craig Ervine.
- All-rounders (6): Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Sean Williams, Timycen Maruma, Tony Munyonga, Elton Chigumbura, Chamu Chibhabha.
- Wicket-keepers (3): Regis Chakabva, Richmond Mutumbami, Brendan Taylor.
- Pace Bowlers (6): Tendai Chatara, Daniel Jakiel, Richard Ngarava, Neville Madziva, Carl Mumba, Milton Shumba.
- Spin Bowlers (2): Wellington Masakadza, Ainsley Ndlovu.
The head coach of the national team is Lalchand Rajput. Stuart Matsikenyeri is responsible for batting, and Douglas Hondo is engaged with bowlers.
Zimbabwe national cricket team: uniform, nickname, sponsor
In Tests, it is customary for the team to wear white clothes. As a rule, the Zimbabwe Bird logo is placed on the left side of the T-shirt on the chest, and the logo of the sponsor PPC Zimbabwe is placed on the right side. The players’ headdress is dark green.
In One Day International and Twenty20 International, the Zimbabwe national cricket team athletes wear a red uniform with yellow inserts near the sleeves and collar. The set is complemented by a baseball cap or hat of the same color. At the moment, the team’s uniforms are produced by Vega Sportswear.
The most popular nickname of the Zimbabwe national cricket team is the Chevrons.
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