The results from the recent Test series with West Indies in Bulawayo has cast a glimmer of hope for the nation. The team fought well in the second Test to force off a draw, when it seemed that they were about to lose.
Of interest to note was all-rounder Sikandar Raza, who shone amazingly with both the bat and the ball. He bolstered the team’s defence, together with PJ Moor and later on Regis Chakabva. When the first Test was played, Zimbabwe had done incredibly well by dismissing West Indies for 219 all out. They however engineered their own collapse due to a poor batting performance which saw them getting dismissed for 159.
The most important thing to look at is how Zimbabwe has been improving. Zimbabwe is a nation that does not get ebnough play when it comes to Tests as compared to other nations which have busy schedules all the time. This obviously has a negative impact on our players when it comes to consistency. We saw what Hamilton Masakadza can do. But the effects of inconsistency have ravaged his play. The same ca be said of Regis Chakabva, whose splendid striking performance with the bat saved the day.
Given more room, the nation can rise from the current mediocrity we are facing. However, this could be impossible because of the financial constraints that continue to hamstrung the good flow of Zimbabwe Cricket. Zimbabwe Cricket came out saying that hosting Test matches costs them a of money which they do not have. Because of this, they will cut down on Tests and when they play, they play away. Again, the issue of not getting enough playing time haunts us. It is very vicious and detrimental to Test cricket, the highest form of first-class cricket. They said they will put more focus on limited cirickt.
Put that aside, Zimbabwe has been exhibiting great potential in Test cricket and the room to improve is very large. External factors, which revolve around money issues, will always plague our game. In all this, it is pleasing to take cognizance of the sheer resilience that is now a part of the Chevrons.