FORMER Zimbabwe seamer Blessing Muzarabani, pictured, says he chose to abandon his international career at a young age in order to become a better player after signing a Kolpak deal with English County side Northamptonshire.
After making his Test debut for Zimbabwe in 2017 against South Africa as a raw 20-year-old, Muzarabani chose to walk away a year later.
During his short-lived international career, the quick made just one Test cap and played in 18 ODIs and six T20 internationals.
The lanky Highfield-born cricketer feels he made the right choice as it will help him understand the game better.
“When I was playing international cricket, I felt like I wasn’t at my best. I needed to understand more about my cricket, my body and felt the urge to learn more. At international cricket you have to prepare for everything,” Muzarabani told sportsnova.com
“You cannot just carry on playing for the sake of it. My aim was always to win games for my team. So, when I got the opportunity to come to England, I grabbed it with both hands.
“There are many good players playing here and the pitches, the conditions, the competition everything is a bit different. I believed that it was best for me at that time to come to England to continue my learning.”
With his Kolpak deal running out at the end of this current season, there is talk he might switch allegiance and represent England.
Muzarabani however, dismissed the idea of representing England.
“Right now I am only focusing on this season. There is a whole season ahead of me and the plan is to do well and perform to my capability,” he said.
“I (do) not try to go anywhere else other than my country. I aim to continue my progress and become a better player.”
The issue of racism has been at the forefront
“When we first came to England as a group, we encountered a lot of racial abuse. I was back then in the Rising Star academy and it just kept happening again and again. But it never affected me too much. It is one of those things that just happens.”