Zimbabwe news July 1, 2010

Zimbabwe to build Test ground at Victoria Falls

Zimbabwe Cricket has announced the construction of a major new cricket ground close to the iconic Victoria Falls, widely considered to be one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

The venue, which will have a capacity of up to 12,000, will be of Test standard, the first such major site outside Harare and Bulawayo, and will utilise the latest ecologically-friendly features. Approval has been obtained from the local authorities and ZC is now working with architects on the final design. The board hopes tenders will go out by the end of August.

"Victoria Falls is a wonderful location," ZC chief executive Ozias Bvute told Cricinfo."Its climatic conditions create the ideal environment for year-round cricket and its status as an international heritage site and one of the amazing wonders of the world will aid to the excitement of teams visiting it.

"Victoria Falls has always been a fascinating destination for visiting teams and they will undoubtedly revel at the prospect of playing between the mighty falls and surrounding wildlife".

"The ongoing 2010 World Cup means that the eyes of the world are focused on Africa as a sports tourism destination more than ever before and as one of the most loved sports in the world, it is only right that we play our part in making Zimbabwe a sporting destination of choice."

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

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  • Andrew on July 5, 2010, 3:52 GMT

    Sounds a good idea. Its a fair drive from Harare though, and i cant imagine there will be enough people in the local area to fill the stadium. Is there sufficient infrastructure to accomodate occasional waves of 12000 visitors? I hope so, I would love to visit Vic Falls again and combine a Test match into the trip!

  • DANIEL on July 4, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    @Zimbos_05Not at all the mist is not too hectic most of the time only when the Zambezi is in flood. I still think they would keep it a sensible distance from the Falls cause they won't want to ruin the site for people who don't wan't to see a sports stadium when looking at one of the natural wonders of the world. Great idea only wish they had done it while I lived in Vic Falls

  • Amar on July 2, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    Amar Mendes @ zimbos_05, You hit the nail on the head, The Dambulla International Cricket Stadium "Rangiri" also faces such an issue, the ground is build in between the jungle and is a tourist area for people from Colombo, who want to have a quit weekend.

    It is a waste of a stadium, because the pitch is damp as there is a huge Lake nearby. As a result the ground gas never was able to host Tests.

    Having said all this, its good ZC is trying to take the game to nontraditional places in Zimbabwe.

  • Dummy4 on July 2, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    AWESOME! about time really!

  • Dummy4 on July 2, 2010, 0:53 GMT

    What a trip that would be for test cricket!

  • Ahmed on July 1, 2010, 23:04 GMT

    im not soo sure. will the mist not make the pitch wet and a bowler friendly all the time.

  • Dummy4 on July 1, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    Now that's a smart move.

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