Zimbabwe batsman Craig Ervine plays a shot during the third tri-nation One Day International (ODI) cricket match between Zimbabwe and West Indies at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on November 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai Njikizana

Zimbabwe Cricket seems to have a new lease of life following the recent developments that have happened, which have ostensibly worked in the favour of Zimbabwe Cricket.

The cricket fraternity in the country received a major boost with the much-anticipated returns of former captain Brendan Taylor and seamer Kyle Jarvis. The two had retired from international cricket in order to pursue county cricket in England. They had followed the Kolpak rule, and thus, their international careers with Zimbabwe had come to an end. Their returns have now given the whole team a new sense of motivation and also act as timely boosts when one looks at the upcoming Test series with West Indies.

Moving from that, the country has been given the greenlight to tour South Africa for the first-ever four-day Test match. The match will take place on 26 December in South Africa. This will be more of a trial version, but it will likely give Zimbabwe more game time when it comes to Tests as compared to the game time they have been receiving in the past years.

Zimbabwe will host the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers in March 2018. 10 teams including the hosts, West Indies and Afghanistan will vie for two spots at the ODI world cup in 2019.

This is the time for Zimbabwe Cricket to seize and harness these opportunities in order to improve their game and get more recognition, something that has dipped over the past years.

 

This article first featured on africancurators.com

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