Zimbabwe off to Redbull Campus Cricket World Final in Sri Lanka

by Staff Reporters

The countdown to the official kick-off of the T20 #RedBullCampusCricket World Final in Colombo, Sri Lanka is at just over 72 hours.

Bowling all-rounder, Mzingaye Mdlongwa, will lead a squad of 15 men from the National University of Science and Technology to represent Zimbabwe in the invitational tourney that will run from the 10th to the 16th of September 2017.

Mdlongwa said, “I am so excited to be leading this team on Zimbabwe’s first appearance at the Campus Cricket World Finals. I hope we will perform better than the national team.”

Team Coach, Pfungwadzashe Tsongora, a Roosters all-rounder in the Bulawayo Metropolitan Cricket Association First League said his charges would be going for gold.

However, NUST Sports Director Lysias Charumbira highlighted that the World Finals were likely to be a difficult competition for Zimbabwe due to lack of high-performance cricket academies in universities.

“Despite a lot of challenges in Zimbabwe cricket at the moment, Nust remain on course to improve,” said Charumbira – the outgoing director. “We feel that this is the right time to have our students compete with the world’s best college cricketers.”

Donald Tapfuma, technical director, said, “The boys have been training very hard.” Tapfuma that they have particularly prepared for the energiser over in which they expect to reap maximum points.

Each batting side gets one Energiser Over per innings, where runs count double, but any wickets lost will cost five penalty runs. This can be taken at any point after the Powerplay overs, and was used in 2016 to prompt either a mid-innings surge, or as part of teams’ death-overs acceleration.

The squad consists of: Mzingaye Mdlongwa (C), Tafadzwa Peggah, Carrington Bowora, Shaun Nkani, Shadreck Zulu, Tafadzwanashe Makwena, Bill Chimbana, Lincolyn Moyo, Duncan Findi, Ngonidzashe Musyiwa, Sasha Ngwenya, Washington Ngwenya, Fredrick Johnson, Bryan Zhawi, Tawanda Charumbira. Technical team: Pfungwadzashe Tsongora (Coach), Lysias Charumbira (Sports Director), Donald Tapfuma (Technical Director).

The rising stars – players to watch 

Featuring the best college talent from around the world, the Campus Cricket tournaments have been teeming with talent since inception in 2012. Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka and the UAE’s Chirag Suri – who earned an (Indian Premier League’s )IPL contract this year – are the most recent stars who have played in previous tournaments.

Niroshan Dickwella{Batsman – BMS, Sri Lanka}: is reported to possess an “innovative batting style, replete with reverse-sweeps, over-the-shoulder scoops, and constant flitting around on the crease,” all of which were on display during last year’s World Final, during his team’s march to the title.  According to Daily Sports  Dickwella’s “opening salvo – which featured five fours and a six” – quickly set Sri Lanka on track to a 24 run victory over Bangladesh.

Mzingaye Mdlongwa {Bowler – Nust, Zimbabwe}: a player synonymous with deadly and crafty spins – can ground the most revered team to a paltry sum of runs by taking lots of wickets. On the other hand Mdlongwa is a hard hitting batsman who never disappoints on the innings score. He does not hesitate to strike a loose ball to the boundaries.

Janneman Malan {Batsman – NWU, South Africa}: is the team’s key batsman who makes it his business to steer NWU to many of the sweet victories that it enjoys lately. South Africa will be counting on Malan to tear apart any opponents’ bowling by smashing a string of fours and sixes as he usually does. Malan is a product of Cricket South Africa’s high performance programme.

You can watch the semi-final and final live on the 15th and 16th of September on the link below.

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http://but.lybccwf17
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