The state of Zimbabwe cricket
A team from Zimbabwe, called the Zimbabwe Board President's XI, recently participated in India's zonal domestic one-day tournament, the Deodhar Trophy. The team played 2 games, and lost both, to South Zone
and West Zone
. They failed to get past 200 in either game across 50 overs and the opponents batted for only ~ 40 overs on both occasions.
Zimbabwe have been pathetic overall for a while now
, but they did display a lot of fighting spirit against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka recently. However, they haven't been good enough. Participation in the Deodhar Trophy was a wonderful opportunity for Zimbabwe's cricketers, and indeed their administration, to demonstrate that they had it in them to turn the corner.
This was a Zimbabwe BP XI only in name. The bulk of the team was filled up by familiar names from the national side
(Chigumbura, Utseya, Masakadza, Matsikenyeri, Price, Dabengwa, to name a few).
Effectively, a Zimbabwe national side lost to two zonal sides from India. I daresay most Ranji Trophy teams would have also beaten, if not thrashed, them.
I have no problems with the BCCI opting to "show its support" for Zimbabwe cricket by sending the national team there for a triseries
, also involving South Africa. However, I fail to understand why India's cricketers should be exposed to a cholera outbreak
and a country that's pretty much dysfunctional. If there is no problem with the cholera outbreak, I hope the BCCI will use the opportunity to send India's under-19 side. There's absolutely nothing to gain by sending the side that's currently on a big-time roll
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