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Zimbabwe Rising Stars
Friday 19th May 2017

When the news came out, earlier this year, that a team of up and coming Zimbabwean cricketers were due to arrive in Liverpool for a summer-long tour of England, there were more than a few eyebrows raised.

Zimbabwe’s struggles on and off the field have been well documented in recent years and it was with a mixture of scepticism and hope that a 16 man touring party was unveiled, with some fanfare it has to be said, at one of Harare’s premier hotels back in March.

The driving force behind the project is former Zimbabwe captain, Tatenda Taibu, and his burning desire to improve the fortunes of his national team. Taibu, who is now the convener of selectors for Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) and currently residing in Liverpool with his family, identified a gap between under 19s cricket, Zimbabwe A and full international cricket. The academy squad, known as the Zimbabwe Rising Stars, was seen as the crucial link and have already commenced a series of matches against county sides, academies and league representative teams. The players, all aged between 18 and 22, include Carl Mumba, Tarisai Musakanda and Ryan Burl, all of whom have already achieved full international honours.

Their training base is the county ground at Liverpool CC, for which Taibu is quick to thank cricket chairman at Liverpool, Jeremy Clein: “Jeremy and the club have been extremely helpful and supportive, making all the squad honorary members for the season and allowing us use of training facilities and gym,” he said.

“However, what has struck me more than anything is the warm welcome the players have received wherever we go. We have had ex pat Zimbabweans turning up to our matches and lots of support on social media. People have been so supportive of what we are trying to achieve” he added.

Key forthcoming fixtures and venues are listed below and cricket fans locally and from further afield are very welcome to attend: 

 date opponents venue
 Thur May 25th Myerscough College (OT) Ashton on Mersey CC
 Tue May 30th Northants 2nd XI Desborough Town CC
 Thur June 1st Future Stars Academy Northern CC
 Thur June 8th Liverpool Competition XI New Brighton CC
 Thur June 15th Chennai U20s Hinckley CC
 Thur June 22nd Warwickshire 2nd XI tbc
 Fri June 23rd Timperley CC (140th Anniversary) Timperley CC
 Thur June 29th Lancashire 2nd XI/Academy Northern CC
 Fri June 30th Liverpool CC Liverpool CC
 Tue July 4th Wellington College Liverpool College
 Thur July 6th Formby/World XI Formby CC
 Sun July 9th Dukinfield CC Dukinfield CC
 Thur July 13th Worcestershire 2nd XI Barnt Green CC
 Mon July 17th Chris Gayle Academy Woodford Wells  CC
 Thur July 20th Liverpool CC Liverpool CC
 Tue July 25th Cricket 2000 XI Ramsey CC, Cambridge
 Thur July 27th Ormskirk CC Ormskirk CC
 Thur Aug 3rd Greater Manchester Cricket League XI Bury C C
 Thur Aug 10th MCC Southport and Birkdale CC
 Mon-Tue Aug 21st-22nd Derbyshire County Ground, Derby
 Thur Aug 24th Cheshire Academy tbc
 tbc Combined Universities tbc

For further information on the tour please contact Nick Gordon at Flash Sports on 07795 440495. You can also follow the latest squad news on Twitter @ZimbabweAcademy