The team’s Manager Joyce Chizana is very confident about her team and believes that although there is still a lot of work to be done, her four member coaching team will provide the girls with all the technical know-how and match fitness to get them to their target.
“We had to select the team well in advance in preparation for the 2010 regional qualifiers for the 2013 world cup. This time we would like to see the ladies get through to the quarter or semi-finals”, Chizana said.
In the run-up to the first qualifier rounds next year, the team will be concentrating on teamwork and improving standards of play to match more experienced and higher ranked teams like Australia, India and England.
The team was selected from a huge pool of female cricketers stemming from the schools circuit, provincial associations and clubs. The 15 member squad managed to retain nine of its players from the 2006 squad with high performance players like the veterans Sinikiwe Mpofu, Precious Marange and Sharne Meyers the wicket-keeper. The national team also includes the 2008/2009 season female cricketer of the year, Thandolwenkosi Mlilo.
Squad: Ruvarashe Chinyemba, Sharne Meyers (wicket keeper), Sinikiwe Mpofu, Thandolwenkosi Mlilo, Pellagia Mujaji, Mary-anne Musonda, Ashley Ndiraya, Emily Jinjika, Precious Marange, Ashley Burdett, Susan Kudzibatira, Christabel Chatonzwa, Sharice Saili, Audrey Mazaishaya, Chipo Mageri International Cricket CouncilPost published in: Cricket