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:
|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|
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