Wisdom Siziba      

Full name Wisdom Thomas Siziba

Born October 26, 1980, Bulawayo

Died April 17, 2009, South Africa (aged 28 years 173 days)

Major teams Matabeleland, Zimbabwe Cricket Academy

Batting style Right-hand bat

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Education Emakhandeni High School

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 29 56 3 1225 103 23.11 1 5 37 1
List A 17 15 2 168 42 12.92 0 0 13 4
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 29 - - - - - - - - - - -
List A 17 - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
First-class debut 1999/00
Last First-class Zimbabwe A v Bangladesh A at Kwekwe, Feb 25-28, 2005 scorecard
List A debut 2000/01
Last List A Midlands v Matabeleland at Kwekwe, Nov 22, 2004 scorecard

Wisdom Siziba was a wicketkeeper-batsman from the western suburbs of Bulawayo who enjoyed a relatively productive domestic career before joining the mass exodus from Zimbabwe to South Africa which was a hallmark of the later years of the Mugabe regime. He either opened or batted in the lower middle-order, and made a memorable debut for Matabeleland, carrying his bat for a four-hour 40. By far his most successful season came in 2001-02 when he scored 423 runs at 42.30, including his only first-class hundred, 103 opening the innings against Midlands. His last season was in 2004-05, and as Zimbabwe's cricketing infrastructure began to crumble, he was one of many lost to the game. He did not have a job after leaving school, preferring to earn his keep helping the ZCU with coaching, and as he attended a non cricket-playing school, he often had to make great sacrifices to continue playing. While he possibly lacked the footwork to succeed as a batsman at a higher level, he would have make an increasing impact in the first-class circuit. He died at the age of 29.
Steven Price

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