March 24, 2009


Canada well beaten by Zimbabwe A

Martin Williamson

Canada were well beaten by Zimbabwe A in their final warm-up match ahead of next week’s ICC World Cup Qualifiers. After winning the toss, Canada slipped to 35 for 4 after 15 overs and even though Sandeep Jyoti (32) helped them stumble past a hundred, their eventual total of 142 from 48.1 overs was never likely to be enough. Zimbabwe A, fresh from a successful tour of Namibia, lost wickets steadily, but an unbeaten 61 from Mbekezeli Mabuza steered them to a six-wicket win.


Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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Posted by Mary-Anne on (April 4, 2009, 17:13 GMT)

you go guys we 101% behind yah

Posted by Ryan Sloan on (April 1, 2009, 17:58 GMT)

does anybody hear think streak will return ?? i hope he does. he was a great bowler. we need some past players 2 return and streangthen up our batting.

Posted by Edward Smythe on (March 31, 2009, 22:57 GMT)

Can anyone tell me what happened to Rizwan Cheema? He played as well as any international player, only to miss out on tours because he "did not have the right travel documents"... que pasa? Anyone have the skinny on this?

Posted by Marcus on (March 31, 2009, 2:35 GMT)

Zimbabwe's main weakness is clearly in their batting- despite their good scores against Kenya, they haven't been able to defend or challenge competitive totals. Put Vermeulen back in to open, maybe Charles Coventry as well (at least in the touring squad) and together with Masakadza, Williams and (hopefully) Taibu that'd make a pretty decent batting unit.

And I agree with Maehara, they'd benefit a lot from playing leading "A" sides more often, like South Africa A. If they can start winning against that sort of competition, then hopefully they'll start competing with the full ODI sides more consistently.

In the meantime, it's heartening to hear that players like Dave Houghton and Heath Streak are planning to become more involved in the coaching process.

Posted by David Hwangwa on (March 29, 2009, 13:26 GMT)

I believe that now at least we should get playing time with full member teams because the A-tour has shown that we are improving but this shouldnt just stop there and more games are needed because the moment we are idle we lose shape and this happened last year against sri lanka when we could have easily won but because we weren't playin enuf games we lost.zc should ensure that we are playing oftenly

Posted by Dan Jones on (March 29, 2009, 13:12 GMT)

Joseph what are u smoking pal, admitting Zim back into test cricket because the Zim A team managed to beat Canada, Ireland and Namibia?? Test cricket is for 5 days not 50 overs completely different kettle of fish I'm afraid pal. Bring in ex players and people who at least have a passion for the game as opposed to people who are just looking out for themselves and get the Logan Cup sorted out so at least they have some sort of first-class structure again. Readmitting them to Test cricket will result in them being humiliated again and any progress made simply erased.

Posted by peter on (March 28, 2009, 14:14 GMT)

zimabbwe is a good side but the problem is politics in our sport .i u loook the way play its good and i think we need players like masakadza in squad ..and our development side is improving very well...well done guyz ,we have to do better in next years world cup he have to play goo cricket.and wat i can say is to the former rebel players its high time to support our country the likes of andy flower ,now is the England coach we want u back guyz blignaught ,travis friend .we still neeed your support guyz . zim 4 life .

Posted by Joseph Maruza on (March 28, 2009, 9:01 GMT)

In my oppinion its time icc conciders ,admitting us back into test cricket , our results in the past few months speak for them selves,if we get more matches aginst test playing nations ,we are likely to step our game up a notch.keep it up guys we are behind you.

Posted by Baynham Goredema on (March 27, 2009, 20:21 GMT)

I watched Zim play against Srii in Harare and the series could have eaily been 3-2 to zimbabwe as Zim just failed to capitalise from winning positions, but Zims issues are political...

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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