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News: What?

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned in one of the posts that Zimbabwe had been not as hopeless against SA in the ODI series. Most of it was based around the fact that the team once again had Taibu in the ranks, to support the only other real class player, Taylor.

Taibu failed today, but Taylor didnt. Neither did any of Chigambura, Sibanda, Masakadza or even Chibhabha, as Zimbabwe pulled off an amazing victory against Australia, only their second against the champs in their entire cricketing history in any official format.

There is not much to comment, and I am not sure what to write. A month ago we were talking about taking all of Zimbabwe’s funds and giving them to the associates like Kenya (who created a world record for the lowest 20 20 total today, and also were just throwing their bats around, torturing people like me who were watching their performance at 2 am). We were also laughing off when Mali said that Zim can be world champs in a couple of years.

Well….. lets not get carried away. This victory doesnt mean Zim is better than Aus. It doesnt mean they are world champs, it doesnt mean that their board shouldnt do much much more. It doesnt say anything about Zim’s ODI and Test performance either. And Zim do have a weak bowling attack, no matter what happenned today. And the victory definitely doesnt mean that ICC should not give extra funds to the associates. What it does state is…. that the ICC was right in not completely running away from Zim cricket.

Its just one game…. sure. Its 20 20 format….. sure. But it is still Zim beating Aus at cricket, and continuously staying on top of them for 3 hours. If Zim hold on to their players, which somehow I think they will after this victory, they can become a better team in the future.

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  1. Ram
    September 12, 2007 at 6:14 pm

    I think Masakadsa is also a class player along with Taibu and Taylor…I remember him getting that Test century against WI in 2003 at a crucial juncture…Also, Sibanda is a good striker of the ball and did show some of his talent in the final ODI against SA and today…

    However, I think this one-off result hardly deserves much weightage while trying to justify ICC’s actions/ statements about Zim cricket vis a vis Associates…It would only benefit all concerned countries with their cricket if Ban and Zim are both incorporated into the Intercontinental Cup…these 2 countries will help bridge the gap in standards between this tournament and domestic FC cricket in Test nations, never mind Test cricket…Afterall, we must remember that the same Zim team struggled to avoid innings defeats in the four 4-day games they played against SA and Ind A teams…

  2. September 12, 2007 at 7:00 pm

    I dont think Masakadza is class……. he is a good player…… but he is not someone who could have broken into many test teams (excluding Bangladesh’s)

    Taibu and Taylor…… probably better than some WI, NZ and Eng players.

  3. Nishadh Rego
    September 12, 2007 at 7:12 pm

    Apart from the IC Cup..they need to be touring test teams and playing A Sides or State sides all the time..We should be seeing Zimbabwe touring India and Pakistan..playing maybe a tri-series against the two and then playing A teams and State teams in a span of 1 or 2 months..this is where they are missing out as well

  4. September 12, 2007 at 9:50 pm

    Rego….

    Welcome back after the ACC U19….. if I remember correctly, you had a good tour with some good scores……..

    India and Pakistan will not, and have demonstrated that the arent willing, to host Zim, because it does not generate much money. We have to remember that so far, this Aus game is the only one that Zim has won in almost 3 years !

  5. Art
    September 14, 2007 at 11:18 pm

    Well played Zimbabwe. A win against Australia is always great at this time. The A team idea is a great one and I think I also raised the suggestion that teams such as Zimbabwe should play more A sides a little while ago.

    Australia of course are still in the off season but these days that is no excuse. A great win against England last night by Australia though.

  6. Onyango
    September 17, 2007 at 7:48 pm

    ICC needs to encourage associates/affiliates and Zimababwe to foucs on the longer version of the game. These players are not goign to improve their skills playing twenty20.

  7. Nishadh Rego
    September 19, 2007 at 9:48 pm

    thanks nasir…missed out on a 1 or 2 hundreds with a couple of stupid shots…we din’t win any games though which was a total disappointment.then again..we had a really young team..probably the youngest..so we weren’t expected to do wonders..

    I think Onyango is correct. It is ultimately Test Status that these nations are aspiring for, and Africa I feel has immense potential in the number of nations that have good development programs and competent national teams capable of playing in the World Cup in 2011 (Kenya, Zimbabe, Namibia, Uganda, Tanzania). The ICC along with Africa Cricket must do their utmost to make sure that these nations play 50 over games and 4 day cricket against each other as often as possible.

  8. farhan
    September 19, 2007 at 11:05 pm

    yeah agreed with rego,but also my point is that twenty twenty fixtures among african nations can attract ppl so comes the money, so there must be some twenty twenty fixtures among african nations they must be more suited for this format due to thier strong physics, and can hit lots of lots of sixes,though pure cricket is still test cricket.

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