7 February 2017
CHIEF selector Tatenda Taibu is pleased with how some of the Zimbabwe Cricket A youths came through in the just ended unofficial One-Day series against Afghanistan A.
In spite of Zimbabwe A losing the series 4-1, Taibu reckons that several youths were in their best mode and it was only a matter of time before the team gelled to produce the desired results.
“I was happy to see the young crop,” Taibu told H-Metro.
Zimbabwe A wrapped up a disappointing series with a thumping 215-run consolation victory having been outclassed in all the other games at Harare Sports Club.
“I hear the changing room had a good atmosphere so I knew it wasn’t going to take time for the young crop to start putting performances together. The last game obviously as you saw was very clinical.
“Of course we struggled the first games, you know it really goes without say we have missed some games because of rains and Afghanistan are coming from playing some cricket so they were a little bit ahead.”
Taibu feels had there been more games to come in the series, Zimbabwe A would have turned the tables for the better. He believes the youthful side clicked but not when it mattered the most.
“But if we were to get another five-day series starting from now, I am quite certain that it won’t be 4-1 like the previous one.
“I am quite certain that we would probably beat them in all matches so it was really nice to see those guys coming up.”
Batsman Ryan Burl was the toast of the series having smashed 266 runs at an average of 53,20 on his return from a long layoff with a knee injury.
Taibu hailed Burl who ended the series as the leading run scorer with knocks of 12, 55, 70, 24 and 105.
“Ryan Burl batted really well, he showed maturity beyond his age. To score the runs that he did in the way that he did was great especially coming from an injury.
“It was great to see him perform the way he did. He definitely earned respect from the opposition.”
For the bowlers, left arm quick Richard Ngarava and Tendai Chatara seem to have caught the attention of Taibu while Carl Mumba was there about.
What Taibu was happier about was that the fast bowlers generated pace –a thing that ZC is lacking.
“The young fast bowlers bowled quickly which was good. I think the young Richard Ngarava was probably the top of that group. It was good to see Chatara back because he is recovering from that soccer accident that he had so it was good amongst the wickets.
“It was good to see Carl Mumba getting five wickets though his groupings were not good as we expected them to be but it was good to see someone getting five wickets.”
He added: “It’s been a long time since we have had guys taking five wickets and it’s been a longtime to see someone score a 100.
“So it was good to see Innocent Kaia score a 100 and it was good to see Ryan Burl score a 100 so those are the positives I am looking at.”