Zim Cricket woos ex-stars


HARARE – Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) is considering bringing back former stars plying their trade abroad in order to rekindle the national team’s dwindling fortunes.

The locals hit an all-time low after they were knocked out of the ICC World T20 tournament in the qualifying stage by Associate nation Afghanistan in India earlier this year.

Zimbabwe had also suffered humiliating defeats to the Asians in recent series between the two sides.

ZC chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani said his association longs for the return of players such as ex-captain and wicketkeeper batsman Brendan Taylor, who is on a kolpak contract with English County side Nottinghamshire.

Other players who have been identified for a possible return include former national team seamer Kyle Jarvis and batsman Garry Balance, who has since featured for the England national team.

There are also trying to lure the Curran brothers Sam and Tom, who have also made a name for themselves in England.

Zimbabwe’s first black Test captain Tatenda Taibu, who is playing cricket in Liverpool, has also been sounded out.

Taibu quit the game aged 29 to dedicate his life to the church in 2012 having played 28 Tests and 150 One Day Internationals.

Prior to his departure for Liverpool, the wicketkeeper batsman had a four-hour marathon meeting with Mukuhlani.

“I talk to a lot of ex-cricketers; Taibu is one of them. We talk regularly dating back to his days as a player. If he’s to put on gloves again and come to play then it will be good for the nation,” Mukuhlani told the Daily News.

“…Taylor, Curran brothers,…Jarvis are some of the players that we wish could represent us but it’s not been easy to have them along. If you look at Taylor, we hope he’ll be able to come back and play, we wish he had a contract that allowed him to play for his country and county cricket.

“For Sam, he has already made it into the England U19 but I’m not sure about Tom; the guardians will have to make the decisions now because they are still young and with their father not around anymore (Kevin) it will be very difficult to have them back.”

Taibu on the other hand did not say much on his future adding that he was only going on voluntary community work in Liverpool.

“I hear there is news everywhere people excited that I’m coming back, it’s not the case. I’m on voluntary community work at St Mary’s; it involves a lot of things,” Taibu said.

Zimbabwe host India in three ODIs and three T20s at Harare Sports Club next month, their first competitive bi-lateral series since the World T20 debacle.


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