Zimbabwe news August 6, 2013

Zimbabwe cricketer goes missing in Ireland

Ger Siggins

The Irish Police is searching for a Zimbabwe cricketer, Sharyce Saili, who went missing after the ICC Women's World Twenty20 qualifiers, which concluded in Dublin last week.

Saili, who has played 26 matches for Zimbabwe since 2008, was last seen in the team's hotel shortly after their Shield final against Thailand on July 31. Saili, a right-arm fast bowler, was booked to fly home last Friday morning, but was reported missing.

The Garda Siochana - the Irish Police force - says it has found no trace of the cricketer.

Zimbabwe finished sixth of the eight teams in the qualifiers after losing to Thailand. It was soon after that game that Saili was last seen in Croke Park Hotel, where all the teams and officials were staying.

Saili, who is a salesperson in her hometown Harare, finished second on the wicket-takers list, taking seven wickets in five matches, including a career-best 3 for 15 against Japan.

Saili has not updated her Facebook page since her disappearance. On the day she was last seen, she posted the following message: 'A strong woman is one who is able to smile this morning like she wasn't crying last night.'

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  • TholletBeura on August 8, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    I hope she is well and safe

  • ZCF on August 6, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    Her name means "it doesn't matter", and that extract from her facebook page seems to go along with that. It's probably safe to conclude that she made the most of the opportunity to "defect".

    Such an occurrence is not the first time. In 2005 six players from a top Zimbabwean football club Caps United went missing after a tour match in England. Five years later in 2010 current captain Taylor and his friend Graeme Cremer also went missing in the UK on the way to Zimbabwe, after our tour of the West Indies.

    I'm pretty sure even in Ireland, ZRP would've swiftly located her. The CIO should have some agents in the UK, so if the Garda Siochana would like some expertise imported from this esteemed land, it only takes a short phone call. Africa would be honoured to come calling for one of its own.

    Hopefully all's well that ends well where Hazvinei is concerned. Clearly a valuable member of Zimbabwe's cricket fraternity.

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