26 January 2017
HEAD coach Heath Streak will be following the upcoming limited overs series between Zimbabwe A and Afghanistan A with keen interest as Zimbabwe Cricket works on the next generation of cricketers.
A youthful Zimbabwe A squad take on their Afghanistan counterparts in five one-day games at Harare Sports Club starting tomorrow.
Streak is delighted with the emergence of these youngsters describing them as the next generation for ZC post the 2019 Cricket World Cup. He reckons the youths will unsettle some senior players.
“It’s good they are going to be challenging the guys at the top,” Streak told H-Metro.
“Obviously we selected a young side but all very good young guys who have got a lot of energy and are eager to play for their country.”
The oldest players in the Zimbabwe A squad to face Afghanistan A are Tinotenda Mutombodzi and Tapiwa Mufudza who are both 26. This becomes a clear indication that ZC have taken the adoption of young players seriously.
“We are looking at giving opportunities to younger guys and have a look and see what their potential is in terms of how they translate their potential into performances.
“Certainly we need them to (a) get the opportunity and (b) to actually see how they cope in a level higher than what they have been doing here in Zimbabwe.”
The Zimbabwe A squad will be coached by Douglas Hondo who will be assisted by Wayne James and Walter Chawaguta as the fielding coach.
However, Streak believes the experience gained by these players from the Under-19 level into their respective provinces will be the platform for them to put their best foot forward.
“A lot of these guys have come through our Under-19 system and played for our national under-19 team and a few of them are new into the provincial teams.
“So we feel these are guys exciting us, we feel they could be the next crop of Zimbabwe players,” he said.
Zimbabwe A squad
Ryan Burl, Brian Chari, Tendai Chatara, Joylord Gumbie, Innocent Kaia, Charles Kunje, Neville Madziva, Tendai Maruma, Wellington Masakadza, Brandon Mavuta, Peter Moor, Tapiwa Mufudza, Carl Mumba, Ryan Murray, Tarisai Musakanda, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Richard Ngarava and Victor Nyauchi.