Zimbabwe in South Africa 2010 September 30, 2010

Grant Flower to make international return

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Grant Flower, the 39-year-old batsman, has made a shock international return more than six years after he last played for Zimbabwe, being named in the squads for the tour of South Africa next month.

In August, Flower had returned to Zimbabwe after six seasons with Essex, to be the batting coach of the national team and the player-coach of the Mashonaland Eagles franchise.

He was one of Zimbabwe's leading players during his 12-year international career, in which he has so far played 67 Tests (3457 runs at 29.54) and 219 ODIs (6536 runs at 33.69). In 2004, he became one of the key players to leave in an exodus following Heath Streak's removal from the captaincy.

"It (international cricket) is a different pressure," Flower told the Associated Press. "I just had a good season with Essex, playing some of my best one-day cricket with them, but international cricket is a step up."

Essex were relegated to the second division of the County Championship, but Flower's 527 runs at 65.87 were pivotal to the county reaching the semi-final of the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition.

He admitted that the dual role of player and batting coach could prove to be tricky. "There can be a conflict of interests with my role as the batting coach if I can't turn things around as a player," Flower said. "It can be awkward if I don't. If it works, however, it can come out in positive fashion."

Zimbabwe's three ODIs and two Twenty20s against South Africa are their only confirmed international assignments before the World Cup starts in February next year.

Flower is the latest of several high-profile players who have become part of Zimbabwe cricket this season. Fast bowlers Allan Donald and Jason Gillespie have taken domestic coaching assignments, and former New Zealand allrounder Chris Harris has been put in charge of the national Under-19 team.

Twenty20 squad Elton Chigumbura(capt), Hamilton Masakadza , Chamu Chibhabha, Tatenda Taibu (wk), Shingirai Masakadza, Ian Nicolson, Prosper Utseya, Graeme Cremer, Charles Coventry, Ed Rainsford, Chris Mpofu, Keith Dabengwa, Grant Flower, Brendan Taylor.

ODI Squad: Elton Chigumbura (capt), Hamilton Masakadza , Chamu Chibhabha, Tatenda Taibu (wk), Shingirai Masakadza, Ian Nicolson, Prosper Utseya, Graeme Cremer, Ed Rainsford, Chris Mpofu, Keith Dabengwa, Grant Flower, Sean Williams, Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor.

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  • Haussen on October 5, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    betterthanboycott Elton the weak link?! Hello! he is one of Zim's key players! He is struggling with the ball though. As for Captain I still maintain Taibu should be captain. One other player is Tino Mawoyo who just scored 208 not out against New Zealand A. I would probably have Ervine at number 3 otherwise pretty much a reasonable team, I don't know about Anthony Irelan.This is the website of choice for all things on Zim cricket and players current, old and those who just "disappeared" http://www.zimcricketforums.com

  • ZCFOutkast on October 4, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    @Hitesh Modi. He plays for Auckland and this is his profile> http://www.cricinfo.com/zimbabwe/content/player/55395.html. Now people your serious opinions on this selection: 1hamilton masakadza, 2brendan taylor, 3sean williams, 4grant flower(c), 5sean ervine(vc), 6tatenda taibu(vc after flower retires), 7colin de grandhomme, 8elton chigumbura(weak link in this lineup has to improve his bowling!), 9anthony ireland, 10edward rainsford, 11raymond price.

    Batting replacements: vusi sibanda&craig ervine(top and middle order respectively); Bowling replacements: lamb(straight swap for flower when he retires), mpofu/jarvis for rainsford et al, cremer/utseya(for price when he retires); Allrounder: blignaut(for chigumbura).

    Goodwin would be the icing but his wife won't let him come so the other generally notable options are mark vermeulen, forster mutizwa(wk), chibhabha & coventry who is deployed too low down the order, but must take his chances.

  • ZCFOutkast on October 4, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    @Harrison Burnard. Without a doubt Colin De Grandhomme would be a great asset to New Zealand, but the New Zealand selectors don't share the same urgent enthusiasm about him as you do. The fact of the matter is next year when Zim resumes test cricket, Colin can literally walk into the side, while he can only continue to be an emerging player for New Zealand for another 2-3yrs with no guarantees of national selection at that. The choice is entirely up to him though. But looking at the side that I selected, I think it's good enough for top six in test/odi cricket! What do you say?

  • on October 4, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    Can anybody enlighten me on which team in The New Zealand domestic league that Colin de Grandhomme is playing, as I lost touch with his career movement when he left Zim. Gary Brent also seems to have gone into hiding? Any news where this man is.

  • on October 4, 2010, 1:56 GMT

    @betterthanboycot I think Colin De Grandhomme should play for NZ!

  • on October 3, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    Zimbawian cricket team is looking in good touch after a tough period.... Now its perfect time.. as it will be perfect for zimbabwe cricket with the mixture of youth and experience.... would be happy to see Sean Ervine also.........

  • ZCFOutkast on October 3, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    Hi guys. In view of the fact that Zim is preparing for reentry into the test arena soon it's important to pick&groom a solid team which has the potential to compete and beat the best. Without fail we need to bring back the kolpak/foreign based cricketers so I've picked my 11 with them included. I doubt many will argue with this 11 - excellent batting up to No.8, 5 quick seamers and many parttime spin options. Kindly comment on it objectively. 1hamilton masakadza 2brendan taylor 3sean williams 4grant flower(c) 5sean ervine(vc) 6tatenda taibu(vc after flower retires) 7colin de grandhomme 8elton chigumbura(weak link in this lineup has to improve his bowling!) 9anthony ireland 10edward rainsford 11raymond price OPTIONS Batting: vusi sibanda&craig ervine are options for the top and middle order respectively. Bowling: lamb straight swap for flower when he retires mpofu/jarvis for rainsford et al cremer/utseya for price when he retires Allrounder: blignaut for chigumbura

  • Anti-ZCAdmin on October 3, 2010, 11:10 GMT

    Its great news for every Zim cricket supporter. He was a good opening batsman and played the role of an anchor very well and be remainded that he is only the other player with more than 100 ODI wickets besides Streak

  • milwardk on October 2, 2010, 11:01 GMT

    i have not problem having him in the team, i think it will make a positive difference and inspire the youngsters thats is if he can help Zim win the T20 matches. i guess its for a short period though but should be interesting hey

  • Haussen on October 2, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    Grant Flower! The reason why I think this is going backwards is for the fact that he is coming in as the Batting Coach / player! How can he be impartial there WILL be conflict of interest and besides there are Younger guys who have proven themselves and they are just being left out, how is he really going to be impartial when the very person he is coaching is playing for HIS position! There is Tino Mawoyo and Foster Mutizwa who should have had that place. And he concentrate on the coaching.

  • Haussen on October 5, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    betterthanboycott Elton the weak link?! Hello! he is one of Zim's key players! He is struggling with the ball though. As for Captain I still maintain Taibu should be captain. One other player is Tino Mawoyo who just scored 208 not out against New Zealand A. I would probably have Ervine at number 3 otherwise pretty much a reasonable team, I don't know about Anthony Irelan.This is the website of choice for all things on Zim cricket and players current, old and those who just "disappeared" http://www.zimcricketforums.com

  • ZCFOutkast on October 4, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    @Hitesh Modi. He plays for Auckland and this is his profile> http://www.cricinfo.com/zimbabwe/content/player/55395.html. Now people your serious opinions on this selection: 1hamilton masakadza, 2brendan taylor, 3sean williams, 4grant flower(c), 5sean ervine(vc), 6tatenda taibu(vc after flower retires), 7colin de grandhomme, 8elton chigumbura(weak link in this lineup has to improve his bowling!), 9anthony ireland, 10edward rainsford, 11raymond price.

    Batting replacements: vusi sibanda&craig ervine(top and middle order respectively); Bowling replacements: lamb(straight swap for flower when he retires), mpofu/jarvis for rainsford et al, cremer/utseya(for price when he retires); Allrounder: blignaut(for chigumbura).

    Goodwin would be the icing but his wife won't let him come so the other generally notable options are mark vermeulen, forster mutizwa(wk), chibhabha & coventry who is deployed too low down the order, but must take his chances.

  • ZCFOutkast on October 4, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    @Harrison Burnard. Without a doubt Colin De Grandhomme would be a great asset to New Zealand, but the New Zealand selectors don't share the same urgent enthusiasm about him as you do. The fact of the matter is next year when Zim resumes test cricket, Colin can literally walk into the side, while he can only continue to be an emerging player for New Zealand for another 2-3yrs with no guarantees of national selection at that. The choice is entirely up to him though. But looking at the side that I selected, I think it's good enough for top six in test/odi cricket! What do you say?

  • on October 4, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    Can anybody enlighten me on which team in The New Zealand domestic league that Colin de Grandhomme is playing, as I lost touch with his career movement when he left Zim. Gary Brent also seems to have gone into hiding? Any news where this man is.

  • on October 4, 2010, 1:56 GMT

    @betterthanboycot I think Colin De Grandhomme should play for NZ!

  • on October 3, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    Zimbawian cricket team is looking in good touch after a tough period.... Now its perfect time.. as it will be perfect for zimbabwe cricket with the mixture of youth and experience.... would be happy to see Sean Ervine also.........

  • ZCFOutkast on October 3, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    Hi guys. In view of the fact that Zim is preparing for reentry into the test arena soon it's important to pick&groom a solid team which has the potential to compete and beat the best. Without fail we need to bring back the kolpak/foreign based cricketers so I've picked my 11 with them included. I doubt many will argue with this 11 - excellent batting up to No.8, 5 quick seamers and many parttime spin options. Kindly comment on it objectively. 1hamilton masakadza 2brendan taylor 3sean williams 4grant flower(c) 5sean ervine(vc) 6tatenda taibu(vc after flower retires) 7colin de grandhomme 8elton chigumbura(weak link in this lineup has to improve his bowling!) 9anthony ireland 10edward rainsford 11raymond price OPTIONS Batting: vusi sibanda&craig ervine are options for the top and middle order respectively. Bowling: lamb straight swap for flower when he retires mpofu/jarvis for rainsford et al cremer/utseya for price when he retires Allrounder: blignaut for chigumbura

  • Anti-ZCAdmin on October 3, 2010, 11:10 GMT

    Its great news for every Zim cricket supporter. He was a good opening batsman and played the role of an anchor very well and be remainded that he is only the other player with more than 100 ODI wickets besides Streak

  • milwardk on October 2, 2010, 11:01 GMT

    i have not problem having him in the team, i think it will make a positive difference and inspire the youngsters thats is if he can help Zim win the T20 matches. i guess its for a short period though but should be interesting hey

  • Haussen on October 2, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    Grant Flower! The reason why I think this is going backwards is for the fact that he is coming in as the Batting Coach / player! How can he be impartial there WILL be conflict of interest and besides there are Younger guys who have proven themselves and they are just being left out, how is he really going to be impartial when the very person he is coaching is playing for HIS position! There is Tino Mawoyo and Foster Mutizwa who should have had that place. And he concentrate on the coaching.

  • on October 2, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    The convenor of selectors, Alaistair Campbell should now be working closely with Chris Harris who is the under 19 coach. There is an abundance of talent out there particularly players from St Johns, Churchill, Peterhouse, St Georges,Falcon and Prince Edward. A under 19 team from these schools will give the full Zimbabwe team a go as Ireland did. Players like Callum Price, Michael Cravetti, Peter Moor, Robbie Stuart are streets ahead of players such as Coventry and Lamb.How about Sikhander Reza who could embarass the likes of Masakadza and Utseya. Chris Harris a challenge to you ? Once you have selected your potential u19 squad plan 50 over match against the National Zim team. The cream of the new crop is in these youngsters, not the old crows such as Grant Flower!!!

  • Rakesh_Sharma on October 2, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    Everybody is rooting for Sean Ervine. Come on Sean show some respect and play for Zimbabwe. You can be an international star overnight with good performance. If you perform well, like Andy Flower , you will get big bids from IPS. You can never imagine that money from Counties. Don't waste your potential , play international cricket for Zimbabwe.

  • smudgeon on October 2, 2010, 2:10 GMT

    I was amazed when I read this. Age isn't everything, but he would want to turn in some bloody good performances to justify his selection.

  • Rakesh_Sharma on October 2, 2010, 0:06 GMT

    Just unbelievable about the support and eagerness the world over the Zimbabwe cricket has. Come on Sean Ervine, Goodwin. Join Zimbabwe. Everybody wants you to help Zim cricket. Cricketing world is backing you. Why not Heath streak as well for couple of years. Play some good cricket than there is IPL and other T20 tournaments up for grabs upon good showings. Money should not be a problem for good international players. But play for Zimbabwe. Get all Zimbabwe players from county and make a strong team. Zimbabwe must put forth a strong squad for World cup.

  • on October 1, 2010, 23:40 GMT

    Has the potential to make a very good batting line-up:

    T20 - Mazakadza, Taylor, Ervine, Chibhabha/Flower, Coventry/Flower, Chigumbura, Taibu

    ODI - Mazakadza, Taylor, Ervine, Chibhabha/Flower, Williams/Flower, Chigumbura, Taibu

    Bring back Sean Ervine to bolster the top order a bit more, and get youngster Kyle Jarvis back in the bowling unit, and you have the potential for an outstanding young squad.

  • Troyd on October 1, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    Good to see Flower back, cricinfo is right - he has a good season for Essex, good battign average,not bad with the ball either. If he can last another season or two, score afew runs, protect the middle oreder a little better, help a few batsman out in the crease - Zim Cricket will be better for it. Give the old dog a bone, if hes doing the job why not? I guess the selection difficulty will be if he does 'ok'- scores of 25 ish. Forget about Blignaut, had his moments but this was along time ago. Irelands bowling returns differ significantly between the long (good) and short (poor) versions of the game. No need for him to return just yet. Sean Ervine is the only one we need back, the rest are back already. Domestically give Raza a go, otherwise as good a squad as could be hoped for. C'mon Zim!.

  • Nawodh on October 1, 2010, 20:10 GMT

    James Cameron, Sean Ervine and Murray Goodwin!

  • on October 1, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    this is just fantastic news(this is how brad hogg would react after hearing the news)

  • on October 1, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    This is not the way to go for Zimbabwe. They need young players not some has-beens like Grant Flower.

  • on October 1, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    Grant will have a lot to prove as he has did not have great scores against South Africa in previous encounters. I feel the selectors need to inject fresh blood into the team, get Kyle Jarvis back again, Anthony Ireland has improved and should be tempted to come back. Franchise player Sikhander Reza is performing wonders in the domestic league, Keith Dabengwa is coming on strong. The head coach should be reminding players like Sean Williams to stop using the reverse sweep as it cost sean a century in the last ODI against Ireland.

  • funsuk on October 1, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    I am very excited to see flower back in to squad. I hope Zimbabwe cricket solve their all internal issue and make a strong cricket team in world.

  • on October 1, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    Welcome back Grant......!!!

  • seansie78 on October 1, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    absolutely fantastic news about grant , i see the logic in spliting them up like that , the recent matches against ireland showed just what taylor can do , masakadza conveniently got dismissed early in all the innings , taylor shows signs, a south african pace attack might break him, but a new zealan one will just make him , better to send grant out the and see if he still has it at that level , coz hes the dark horse , throw him to the wolves as it were, taiu we know , coventry and williams , ervine and co. these two should be able to get scores apart from each other to be able to do it together. zima first team to take on sa , 2nd team led by a first team back backed up by sibanda and co , with masakadza bowling together with tendai and nichols , a good A team aurgurs well for the test team .

  • sabina2009 on October 1, 2010, 11:04 GMT

    Grant had to leave in an exodus following Heath Streak's removal from the captaincy when he was at his best. How he will perform at the age of 39, we are going to have to wait and see.

  • kingkarthik on October 1, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    Who appointed cricinfo as world police?

  • gaurav_hiin on October 1, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    Price is not in the team because he is on compasionate leave to attend to his sick father.

  • andrew.henshaw on October 1, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    looks like brendan taylor is now back in the squad - what happened here?

  • keblerelf92 on October 1, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    The craziest part? Grant opened for Zimbabwe in their first test match... 18 years ago

  • ashokpati on October 1, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    wow, what an idea sir ji,,,grant is back in the team as the batsman and also the coach,,then wht is his brother doing in england,,he should be the team as player and coach,and also alister cambell,,wht is he doing as the selector,,he should be in the team and also goodwin,,the only the zim team can dream to win against sa.

  • Realhotshady on October 1, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    Where is Ray Price? He is Zimbabwe's best bowler at the moment. Utseya is good but Price and Utseya duo would have been fantastic. Zimbabwe selectors are bunch of fools.

  • Emancipator007 on October 1, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    This would have been my dream Zimbabwe team b/w 1999 (what a performance by Zim in the World Cup that year) -2005 (Eddo Brandes is not included as he was nearing the end of his career) to take on all comers. Alistair Campbell, Grant Flower, Murray Goodwin, Andy Flower, Stuart Carlisle, Neil Johnson, Heath Streak, Tatendra Taibu, Sean Ervine/Andy Blignaut, Travis Friend/ Henry Olonga, Ray Price. Imagine Graeme Hick shifting allegiance to Zim during this period in much the same way that Kepler Wessels came back and played for South Africa, then the middle order would have rivaled that of most of the cricket-playing nations. I desperately want Zim to succeed in international cricket.

  • on October 1, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    Wow! I would love to see him in action again.

  • bencythomas on October 1, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    now why can't they go everything right???

  • FlowerPower on October 1, 2010, 6:28 GMT

    Having said Lamb dropped for Flower, Keith Dabengwa is also in that same category of player, Bats and bowls spin, so it is a duel for that role between the 3, still not absolutely sure Grant should have just walked right back in...still hope for Ireland. My ultimate team, (youth/future and talent) would be:

    1. Taylor OPENERS 2. Masakadza/Matsikenyeri/Sibanda OPENERS 3. Sean Ervine SOLID NUMBER 3 4. Taibu (wk) KEEPER BATSMAN (Taylor can also do this) 5. Craig Ervine/Coventry SOLID LOWER MIDORDER 6. Lamb/Dabengwa/Williams SOLID LOWER MIDORDER/SLOW BOWLER 7. Chigumbura/Blignaut/Chibaba ACCELERATOR/FIRST CHANGE PACE BOWLER 8. Utseya SPIN 9. Ceamer SPIN 10.Mpofu/Masakadza NEW BALL OPENER/ POWERPLAY BOWLER 11. Jarvis/Ireland/Rainsford NEW BALL OPENER/ POWERPLAY BOWLER

    Price and Flower would make this team at 9&6 reps, bt now old. Only missing players are Ireland and Sean Ervine the rest are there and just need the kind of structure that is in place now, and more games

  • FlowerPower on October 1, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    Blignaut has not recaptured past glory (actually he was an explosive batsman for a few overs at best), currently I think Chigumbura does a similar job, but much better, better bowler and better batsman, if he were absent then Blignaut is next in line (him or Chibaba).

    Jarvis is out on a long term injury (stress fracture I think)

    Lamb, possibly due to Grant Flower inclusion, the do the same job, spin and middle order batting, but seems a bit harsh after Lamb did a good job

    Taylor....Im baffled!

    Price...beats me!

    Hope this helps please someone tell us about Taylor and Price, what is the issue???

  • on October 1, 2010, 0:39 GMT

    It is a great news that one of the flower brothers is back to the national team. Though he is aged 39 years, still he is a mentally strong player. We hope he can do wonders with Zimbabwe and bring back the lost glory and pride.

  • on October 1, 2010, 0:37 GMT

    Blignaut has been rubbish for some time- scoring no runs batting at 8 or 9 and bowling only a few expensive overs, i can see exactly why he was dropped.

    But Taylor!!!!!!! Something fishy going on there....

  • shyda123 on October 1, 2010, 0:14 GMT

    thats great for Zembabwe, again it will boost Zembabwe's cricket in international arena, I hope Zembabwe can come back with that strong team the one they had in 1999 cricket worldcup, with nel johnson, sean ervan, olanga, great team, I believe if they leave the politics behinde and not listen to American's and british, They well make one of a great team . So come back guys and boost Zembabwe, play great cricket for your country don't destroy your cricket just for the sack of politics.

  • bharath74 on October 1, 2010, 0:06 GMT

    that will give zim some needed batting strength

  • on September 30, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    That is one astonishing selection. Next they'll have Andy Flower coming back!

  • nafees on September 30, 2010, 23:05 GMT

    Well Im 4rm Pakistan,so couldnt resist commenting after readin meddy20's comment?? Can u kindly explain how Grants return should make things easier for Pakistan??????? & About Grants Selection I thinks its great 4 cricket,there r other Zimbabweans doin well specially in county cricket,Likes of Sean Ervine & Murray Goodwin,,,, But hell im surprised 2 c Taylor being axed,,May b the selectors forgot him just like Graeme Swan was forgotten 4 the ICC awards initially,, Y Blignaut & Price are dropped 2?? Can any 1 tell me? R they injured or something,,,

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on September 30, 2010, 23:05 GMT

    Taylor dropped? Is he injured or fatigued? The cricketing public deserves an insight.

  • on September 30, 2010, 22:35 GMT

    It,s good sign for cricket to return of Grant Flower , I remembered the days when, Zimbabwe was a very good team in the world , Heath Streak , Andy Flower, Grant Flower,Murray Goodwin,Alester Campbell,Paul Strang,Neil johnson,Henry Olonga,Travis Friend, Andy Blignaut, Craig Wishart, Ray Price, Sean Ervine, Mark Vermeulen and Douglas Marillier were the part of Zimbabwe Team. I hope Zimbabwe will be in top teams in near future.

  • maxkuiters on September 30, 2010, 21:26 GMT

    Anyone know why they axed Brendan Taylor? One of their better players for sometime?

  • Ozcricketwriter on September 30, 2010, 21:05 GMT

    It is a great shame that when the players started leaving was right when Zimbabwe was at their peak. Now they have lost test status and hold on to ODI status by a thread. Yes, Grant Flower is a bit old and he probably wasn't the best of the best anyway, but it is symbolic for him to return. If Zimbabwe could get their best side together, then they could be a real challenge for the big teams, and surely would warrant getting their test status back.

  • on September 30, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    Good for the game of cricket.... Grant Flower is back....

  • on September 30, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    i am always fan of Zimbabwean cricket.... good 2 c strong team :)

  • Rakesh_Sharma on September 30, 2010, 19:53 GMT

    No Taylor, Lamb, Price and Blignaut? Heroes of last tri series against India and Srilanka?.What's this any answers?

  • Namara on September 30, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    Guys or ZC whr z Ray Price,A Blignaught & C Chibhabha?????????????????Who dropped Taylor & wy??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • Mike1155 on September 30, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    Price, in particular, is a notable omission. And Jarvis seems to have disappeared from the scene!

  • on September 30, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    Which idiots made these selections by the way? No Taylor, Lamb, Price and Blignaut. And who decided to pick Nicolson who is untried at international and domestic level to some extent? Masakadza is good in test conditions not limited overs. And i'm not too sure about Dabengwa. Good they dropped Sibanda though. zimcricket get back to me

  • on September 30, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    why was taylor dropped?????

  • Namara on September 30, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    Gud news for Zim i wish more players would come in,ZC or anyone whre is Ray Price,Andy Blignaught & C Chibhabha i love to watch these guys playing cricket & they are gud 4 the dvpmt of Zim cricket?

  • on September 30, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    good news, he might play a year or two...hes done well in the domestic circuit in england, maybe he might play in the world cup who knows? definately exciting times for zimbabweee

  • maddy20 on September 30, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    Back from the dead eh! Return of a hugely competitive cricketer to international cricket should make things easier for Pakistan!

  • on September 30, 2010, 17:36 GMT

    Good to see you back Mr. Grant Flower!!

  • on September 30, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    Flower Power! Welcome back, Grant.

  • Rakesh_Sharma on September 30, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    It is awsome that Grant is making a return. Infact want even Heath streak to play for couple of years. Then sean Ervine, Doug Marrilier, Blignaut. Travis Friend and many excellent players young former Under 19 players like Ireland ( bowler) from Zimbabwe . Zimbabwe must scout for their own players. If they can give 2 to 3 years it willl help them to do smooth transition. All the young players will develop. The First class structure in Zimbabwe is very strong which will throw out excellent quality new players in Future. This way the team will infact be even stronger than WI and New Zealand. Remember John Traicos helped Zimbabwe even when he was 42 . They should than play return Test series against Bangladesh and show great success. Come on built the team fast for World cup. ICC must also rope in Ireland for the sake of Cricket success. Encourage Ireland for professional structure there. Help school coaching in Ireland as well.

  • elmo_leon on September 30, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    cricket is full of surprises!

  • on September 30, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    wow, their coaching staff is world class. I wish them good luck. Good luck for grant flower too. Put up a good fight & make sure you are in the top 6 teams always. Personally, I have a feeling that Zimbabwe are much better side compared to Bangladesh & deserve more cricket to be fair. I only see India vs Srilanka / Australia / England playing cricket through out the calender area. Just getting bored of it.

  • on September 30, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    Great news... Wud luv to see Zimbabwe back in the reckonin with Grant jellin in with some youngsters.. Blignaut ll hv renewed life... :)) Come on South Africa...

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  • on September 30, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    Great news... Wud luv to see Zimbabwe back in the reckonin with Grant jellin in with some youngsters.. Blignaut ll hv renewed life... :)) Come on South Africa...

  • on September 30, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    wow, their coaching staff is world class. I wish them good luck. Good luck for grant flower too. Put up a good fight & make sure you are in the top 6 teams always. Personally, I have a feeling that Zimbabwe are much better side compared to Bangladesh & deserve more cricket to be fair. I only see India vs Srilanka / Australia / England playing cricket through out the calender area. Just getting bored of it.

  • elmo_leon on September 30, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    cricket is full of surprises!

  • Rakesh_Sharma on September 30, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    It is awsome that Grant is making a return. Infact want even Heath streak to play for couple of years. Then sean Ervine, Doug Marrilier, Blignaut. Travis Friend and many excellent players young former Under 19 players like Ireland ( bowler) from Zimbabwe . Zimbabwe must scout for their own players. If they can give 2 to 3 years it willl help them to do smooth transition. All the young players will develop. The First class structure in Zimbabwe is very strong which will throw out excellent quality new players in Future. This way the team will infact be even stronger than WI and New Zealand. Remember John Traicos helped Zimbabwe even when he was 42 . They should than play return Test series against Bangladesh and show great success. Come on built the team fast for World cup. ICC must also rope in Ireland for the sake of Cricket success. Encourage Ireland for professional structure there. Help school coaching in Ireland as well.

  • on September 30, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    Flower Power! Welcome back, Grant.

  • on September 30, 2010, 17:36 GMT

    Good to see you back Mr. Grant Flower!!

  • maddy20 on September 30, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    Back from the dead eh! Return of a hugely competitive cricketer to international cricket should make things easier for Pakistan!

  • on September 30, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    good news, he might play a year or two...hes done well in the domestic circuit in england, maybe he might play in the world cup who knows? definately exciting times for zimbabweee

  • Namara on September 30, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    Gud news for Zim i wish more players would come in,ZC or anyone whre is Ray Price,Andy Blignaught & C Chibhabha i love to watch these guys playing cricket & they are gud 4 the dvpmt of Zim cricket?

  • on September 30, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    why was taylor dropped?????