The $15,000 ground, created in the densely-populated Mbizo suburb, was bankrolled by the family of international sportsperson John Gardiner and falls under the Gardiner’s Bomko and Lays franchise.
The development is to further boost local national cricket league side, Mid-West Rhinos’ search for talented youngsters.
Ambassador Neuhaus said great international cricket players had life-stories traceable to humble beginnings, where in most cases they realised their talents through playing on streets.
“Don Bradman used to practise on the streets using a stick and hitting the ball on a corrugated bin, but went on to become Australia’s greatest player,” he said.
He urged Mbizo youth to take up the challenge and rise to stardom.
“I am confident Zimbabwe can make it in the cricket game. It is for this reason that I am committing myself to rope in Cricket Australia into progressive engagements with Zimbabwe Cricket to improve the game in this country.”
The development comes at a time when Zimbabwe is still battling to match competition in test cricket action. In 2004 the national cricket team lost that status owing to in-house squabbles within ZC.Post published in: Cricket