Zimbabwe Cricket is looking determinant to persuade the ICC to allow the country to host qualifiers for the U-19 World Cup scheduled for 2018.
Shashank Manohar, the ICC Chairman, would be in the country on 8 August 2017 and Zimbabwe Cricket now look determined to persuade him that the country has the capability of hosting the qualifiers. Manohar will spend five days in the country on a visit that will include engaging with the sports’ officials, government officials such as the Makhosini Hlongwane who is the Sports Minister and Zimbabwe Cricket’s hierarchy.
There are plans to construct a cricket ground in Victoria Falls but these have continuously been stalled since 2011. Manohar will thus end his trip in Victoria Falls. This may be a timely boost for the initial efforts to be resuscitate again in building the ground.
On the overall, Manohar’s visit is seen as a major score for the country that has been on the fringes of global cricket for many years. Political and economic mess saw cricket at the national level being affected, leading Zimbabwe to take a self-imposed exile from Test cricket between 2005 to 2011.
Zimbabwe has a few in its favour, including the weather. The qualifiers may be held over the winter, implying dry and pleasant pitch conditions.