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ZIMBABWE RISING STARS READY TO SHINE

Date: 19th May 2017

ZIMBABWE RISING STARS READY TO SHINE

Ground breaking Academy now settled in Liverpool

When the news came out, earlier this year, that a team of up-and-coming Zimbabwean cricketers were due to arrive in Liverpool for a summer-long tour of England, there were more than a few eyebrows raised.
 
Zimbabwe’s struggles on and off the field have been well-documented in recent years and it was with a mixture of scepticism and hope that a 16-man touring party was unveiled, with some fanfare it has to be said, at one of Harare’s premier hotels back in March.
 
The driving force behind the project is former Zimbabwe captain, Tatenda Taibu, and his burning desire to improve the fortunes of his national team. Taibu, who is now the convener of selectors for Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) and currently residing in Liverpool with his family, identified a gap between under 19s cricket, Zimbabwe A and full international cricket. The academy squad, known as the Zimbabwe Rising Stars, was seen as the crucial link and have already commenced a series of matches against county sides, academies and league representative teams. The players, all aged between 18 and 22, include Carl Mumba, Tarisai Musakanda and Ryan Burl, all of whom have already achieved full international honours.
 
Their training base is the county ground at Liverpool CC, for which Taibu is quick to thank cricket chairman at Liverpool, Jeremy Clein:
“Jeremy and the club have been extremely helpful and supportive, making all the squad honorary members for the season and allowing us use of training facilities and gym,” he said.
 
“However, what has struck me more than anything is the warm welcome the players have received wherever we go. We have had ex-pat Zimbabweans turning up to our matches and lots of support on social media. People have been so supportive of what we are trying to achieve” he added.
 
 
Key forthcoming fixtures and venues are listed below and cricket fans locally and from further afield are very welcome to attend:
 
25/05/2017
Myerscough College (OT)
Ashton on Mersey CC
30/05/2017
Northants 2nd XI
Desborough Town CC
01/06/2017
Future Stars Academy
Northern CC
04/07/2017
Wellington College
Liverpool College
tbc
Combined Universities
tbc
08/06/2017
LDCC rep XI
New Brighton CC
15/06/2017
Chennai U20s
Hinckley CC
22/06/2017
Warwickshire 2nd XI
tbc
23/06/2017
Timperley CC (140th ann.)
Timperley CC
29/06/2017
Lancashire 2nd XI/Academy
Northern CC
30/06/2017
Liverpool CC
Liverpool CC
06/07/2017
Formby/World XI
Cricket Path
09/07/2017
Dukinfield CC
Dukinfield CC
13/07/2017
Worcestershire 2nd XI
Barnt Green CC
17/07/2017
Chris Gayle Academy
Woodford Wells CC
20/07/2017
Liverpool CC
Liverpool CC
25/07/2017
Cricket 2000 XI
Ramsey CC, Cambridge
27/07/2017
Ormskirk CC
Ormskirk CC
03/08/2017
GMCL rep XI
Bury CC
10/08/2017
MCC
S&B CC
21-22/08/2017
Derbyshire
3aaa County Ground
24/08/2017
Cheshire Academy
tbc
 
For further information on the tour please contact Nick Gordon at Flash Sports on 07795 440495. You can also follow the latest squad news on Twitter @ZimbabweAcademy
 
Pic shows the Rising Stars Academy with Lancashire and Zimbabwe opening bowler Kyle Jarvis at Liverpool CC during the recent Lancashire v Northants Royal London One Day match. 
 
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