Citizens take charge of local cricket

Cricket administrator Tawanda Talent Muchechete said this week plans were at an advanced stage for the inaugural Women’s Provincial Youth Cricket tournament.

The Tigers Cricket Academy co-Director said the two-day tournament would be presided over by the sports ministry at the Masvingo Sports Club on December 10-11. It will be an Under-20 cricket tournament that we hope will see all provinces take part,” he said.

“I have realised that the only way to grow local cricket will be for us citizens taking charge. We should not only focus on promoting our academies, only as there are many other talented players out there who do not belong to any academy.

“My aim is to develop ladies cricket in all provinces and give them time to play, as there is no ladies league which caters for them. Our academy will sponsor the event and we hope this will go a long way in motivating other people to develop the sport, as opposed to only soccer and netball.”

Muchechete called on other well-wishers to help fund the tournament. “We are open to anyone willing to donate anything towards the success of the tournament because it is a community-based initiative aimed at developing our country. It will also empower and motivate our children for a better future,” he added.

Muchechete recently held a successful Edgars T20 youth cricket tournament in Bulawayo, where schools that included Sizane, Lobengula, Mpopoma, Magwegwe, Mzilikazi, Northlea and Founders participated. Lobengula were crowned champions.

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