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September 7, 2009
Zimbabwe's new domestic season finally gets underway on Saturday, with Greg Lamb and Barney Rogers both expected to appear for Eagles.
The new season was due to start in August, but not all the franchises had managed to sign their players in time.
Under the new set-up, Zimbabwe Cricket will continue to administer the sport in schools and provincial club leagues, but the franchises themselves will be in control of their own operations at domestic level. Zimbabwe cricket have, though, suspended Central, resulting in a mass of players joining other clubs.
Adding to the general level of excitement about the forthcoming season, the chief executive of Eagles, Hugo Ribatika, was pleased with his team's preparations.
"There have been a few changes in this area with Zimbabwe international Elton Chigumbura retaining his captaincy while Douglas Hondo has been roped in as assistant coach," Rubatika told The Sunday Mail. "Practice commenced last Tuesday for our first encounter here at home against the Mountaineers but the administrative staff have been working since the beginning of June to ensure that we have minimal hiccups.''
Lamb, who was released by Hampshire at the end of last season, looks set to play for Eagles alongside Rogers, a so-called "rebel" who walked out on Zimbabwe five years ago.
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