Zimbabwe Cricket: Before we get to the main topic of upcoming matches would be letting you know about the birth of cricket in Zimbabwe. So we will look into three main parts:
- Zimbabwe Cricket
- Zimbabwe national cricket team
- Upcoming matches
Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZN/u) was the previous name of Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) until 2004. Zimbabwe cricket is a full-time member in ICC. They play International Test matches, ODIs and Twenty20 matches. They do organize domestic Cricket matches. Headquarters located in Harare Sports Club, Harare. The current chairman of Zimbabwe cricket is Tavengwa Mukuhlani. Chief Executive is Wilfred Mukondiwa. The main coach of the team currently is Lalchand Rajput.
As of November 2018 ranking of Zimbabwe team is tenth in tests, Eleventh in ODIs and Twelfth in Twenty20.
Other key staffs of Zimbabwe cricket team are Chief Selector – Givemore Makoni, sponsor -Castle Lager, Vega Sportswear, Coca-Cola, Sanctuary Insurance, uMax, Schweppes, ZimGold. Official website of the ZC is www.zimcricket.org
History Of Zimbabwe Cricket
Due to Country political situations, senior team members Andy Flower and Henry Olonga announced retirement from International cricket. As a protest against “death of democracy” during the 2003 cricket world cup. There was a protest against the cricket team captain “Heath Streak”, during that time most of the senior-most team players quit International cricket. This resulted in a young and inexperienced team playing against International teams like Srilanka and Australia. They lost multiple matches in series; this resulted in the withdrawal of Test status.
There was an improvement on fields in early 2007 and also an awesome victory against Australia in 2007 ICC World Twent20. They did come back to Test cricket with a lot of improvement. After gaining back the Test status, the first match was played against Bangladesh at the Harare Sports Club in Harare. Zimbabwe won the match against Bangladesh by 130 runs.
History during Zimbabwe Cricket Union
Zimbabwe joined ICC union on 21 July 1981. First Test match they played against India on 18-22 October 1992 and the last match they played against Bangladesh on 11-15 November 2018.
As per the statistics they played almost 107 Test matches, out of which they won 12 matches, 68 lost and 27 draws. First ODI international match was played against Australia on 9-June 1983 and the last match they played against Bangladesh on 26 October 2018.
As per the statistics, they have played 517 ODI matches, out of which they won 134 matches, 365 lost and 7 ties. They appeared nine times in the world cup.
In 1997 – 2002 is called as Golden Era in Zimbabwe cricket. Even though they had a lot of challenges with the team, wicket-keeper/batsman Andy Flower was at one point rated as the best batsman in world cricket.
Now it’s time to take a look into the Tournament cricket history of Zimbabwe
Overview Of Zimbabwe In World Cup
- In 1975 and 1979, they were not eligible as they couldn’t be part of ICC cricket member’s board.
- In 1983 and 1987, they took part in the tournament and placed 8/8. Total matches played 6 out of which 1 won and rest lost.
- In 1992, they were placed 9/9. In total 8 matches played out of which 1 won and rest lost.
- In 1996, they were placed 9/12. In total 6 matches played out of which 1 won, 4 lost, and 1 Not rated.
- In 1999 and 2003, they entered Super Sixes group and placed 5/12 ( Out of 8 matches 3 won and 4 lost ) and 6/14 (Out of 9 matches 3 won and 5 lost)
- In 2007, 2011, and 2015, they were not able to make it up due to consecutive losses.
- In 2019, they did not Qualify
- In total 58 games, they won 12 and 42 lost having 4 Not rated.
Overview of World Twenty20
- In 2007, they made it to the Group stage and held the position 9/12. Out of 2 games 1 won and other losses.
- In 2009 till 2016, they were stuck in Group stage round and were never able to make it up to the top.
- In total 12 games, they won 5 matches and rest were lost.
Overview of ICC Trophy
- In 1979, Not eligible (not an ICC member)
- In 1982, 1986, and 1990, they had consecutive 3 wins.
- In 1994 onwards, they were not eligible due to ICC Full member.
- In 2018, they grabbed 3rd position
International Match Summary of Zimbabwe cricket
- In total 107 test matches, they won 12 and lost 68 and Not Rated 27.
- In total 517 ODI’s matches, they won 134 and lost 365 and Not Rated 11.
- In total 62 T20 matches, they won 13, lost 48.
List of current Zimbabwe cricket team players
- Captain and Opening batsman: Hamilton Masakadza (35)
- Opening Batsmen: Chamu Chibhabha (32), Brian Chari(26), Tinashe Kamunhukamwe ( 23), Solomon Mire(29), Cephas Zhuwao(34)
- Middle Order Batsmen: Ryan Burl (24), Craig Ervine (33), Prince Masvaure (30), Tarisai Musakanda (24), Sikandar Raza (32), Brendan Taylor (32), Sean Williams (32)
- All-rounders: Elton Chigumbura (32), Graeme Cremer (32), Liam Roche (19), Malcolm Waller (34)
- Wicket-keepers: Peter Moor (27), Regis Chakabva (31), Ryan Murray (20)
- Pace Bowlers: Kyle Jarvis (29), Tendai Chatara (27), Christopher Mpofu (33), Taurai Muzarabani (31), Richard Ngarava (21), Donald Tiripano 30), Brian Vitori (28).
- Spin Bowlers: Tendai Chisoro (30), Wellington Masakadza (25), Brandon Mavuta (21), John Nyumbu (33)
Zimbabwean Cricket Team upcoming series
|June 2020||Zimbabwe tour of Australia 2020
Matches: 3 ODI
Venue: Australia | Status: Cancelled
|August 2020||India tour of Zimbabwe 2020
Matches: 3 ODI
Venue: Zimbabwe | Status: Cancelled
|October 2020||Zimbabwe tour of Sri Lanka 2020
Matches: 3 ODI and 2 T20
Venue: Sri Lanka
|Nov – Dec 2020||Zimbabwe tour of Pakistan 2020
Matches: 3 ODI and 3 T20
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