Currans hope for schoolboys

kevin_curran2HARARE - Zimbabwe Under-19 head coach, Kevin Curran, believes the schoolboys representing the country at the ongoing 2010 International Cricket Council World Cup in New Zealand have the talent to resurrect the nations pride in the sport. (Pictured: Kevin Curran, Zim Under-19 cricke

“There’s been quite a lot of cricket for these guys, where in the past World Cups they haven’t had many warm-up games to get that exposure because they come straight from school cricket. And then to play on the international stage is quite a big step. I’ve tried to give them as much exposure as possible and from February when I took over, they’ve certainly improved 50 per cent, so we’re hoping for some good things,” he told CricInfo in New Zealand.

“We’ve had a really good build up this year. We had a series against Pakistan where they came and toured Zimbabwe, we’ve had a tour to Bangladesh which was a really good experience for our young guys and then we went via Johannesburg, played at their High Performance Centre and played against their Academy. The former national team player and Zimbabwe senior team coach, who will lead the countrys schoolboys into the third Group C fixture of the ICC World Cup understands his role as a coach and hopes the youngsters will learn from him.

“There are a lot of talented players in Zimbabwe and I’m trying my best to get the best out of them; my job is to actually give back what I learned. Hopefully I can keep this side together for the next two years hoping that there are one, two, maybe three players who can go on and push to play for the national side in the not-too-distant future.” Zimbabwe lost their first match to Canada by 19 runs before playing Sri Lanka, Sunday morning. Currans troops are scheduled to face New Zealand in another Group C fixture, today.

Zimbabwe squad: S. Chimhamhiwa, G. Chirimuta, T. Chitara, SM Daly, DR Higgins (captain), A. Lindsay, D. Mazhawidza (wicket keeper), PJ Moor, SM Mugaya, N. Mushangwe, ,T Mutombodzi, R Muzhange, CW Price, N Waller, M Zambuko.

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