Cricket in Winter?

Earlier in the winter season, Zimbabwe hosted Morocco in an exciting game of rugby. International tests are always best. It brings out the best and most exciting brand of rugby a fan could ask for. Somehow, cricket has been scheduled in the dreary winter of Zimbabwe.

Who am I to complain?

Zimbabwe hosts Australia and Pakistan in a tri-series T20 series which is scheduled to play in the opening week of July. Winter just became lit! With Zimbabwe’s continued aim to show the world that the country can host top sporting nations, this was the perfect opportunity to see another sport in the middle of winter.

Zimbabwe cricket is facing administration issues which is a shame as the team were a game away from qualifying for the Cricket World Cup. Unfortunately they fell short and since then, things have been going south. The only positive news since the debacle was the scheduling of cricket in winter.

So far, the Chevrons have put in a great performance here and there but have struggled to see the match through. Australia’s Aaron Finch has been the highlight of the series smashing 172 runs setting a new T20 batting record in the process. Solomon Mire is carrying the team with the bat setting a new Zimbabwean T20 batting record with 94 runs. Records are being broken in Zimbabwe!

The final is set for Sunday which will see Pakistan play Australia before Zimbabwe takes on Pakistan in 5 ODI Series in Bulawayo. Road trip anyone?

I had the pleasure of watching Mire set the T20 record for Zimbabwe on a chilly Wednesday morning at Harare Sports Club. Zimbabwe batted first and were in control until the run rate began to struggle. Mire was a man on a mission finding the boundary multiple times plus running well in-between the wickets. Zimbabwe set 163 for Pakistan to chase which can be done with outstanding bowling.

Pakistan went in to bat and had a slow start. Zimbabwe seemed to have control on the day and things were looking good for the hosts. Unfortunately Pakistan shifted into the next gear and put the Chevron bowlers to the test. A test that they were doing well in until the last two overs of the game where the visitors shifted to the next gear to close off the game. A spirited effort but a lot of room for improvement for the hosts.

I had actually gone to the cricket in the hope of catching a six… Nothing came my way!

It was great to catch some cricket in winter. A good game coupled with a few cold ones made it a superb occasion. Some of the Pakistan fans came dressed for the occasion (see video above) which made me appreciate the game even more. It’s been a sporting winter in Zimbabwe with rugby in June, followed by an exhibition soccer match later on in the month and cricket in July.

Next up – cricket vs Pakistan in Bulawayo then rugby against Namibia to be played at the home of rugby – Hartsfield Ground, also in Bulawayo. That match is scheduled for August.

Road trip anyone?


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