Zimbabwe name squad for ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier

Zimbabwe have announced their squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023 to be played across four venues in Harare and Bulawayo from 18 June to 9 July.


Wicketkeeper-batter Joylord Gumbie, who has been enjoying a purple patch in the run-up to the tournament, is the only uncapped player named in the final 15-man side.


Looking to secure one of the two remaining places at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 to be played in India later this year, Zimbabwe have rolled out their big guns in the captain Craig Ervine, Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams and Tendai Chatara for the 10-team qualifying contest.


The hosts will be counting on the pace duo of Blessing Muzarabani and Richard Ngarava too, with all-rounders Ryan Burl and Wessly Madhevere bolstering the team.


Spinner Wellington Masakadza, wicketkeeper-batter Clive Madande and opening batter Innocent Kaia will also be looking to play influential roles in the campaign.


Zimbabwe will face the West Indies, the Netherlands, Nepal and the United States of America (USA) in Group A of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023.


The hosts will play Nepal in the opening match of the tournament at Harare Sports Club on 18 June, before entertaining the Netherlands at the same venue two days later.


On 24 June, Zimbabwe and the West Indies will lock horns at Harare Sports Club in what should be the biggest Group A fixture.


Zimbabwe’s last group fixture will be against the USA at the same venue on 26 June.


The 10 teams taking part in the tournament are split into two groups, with Sri Lanka, Ireland, Scotland, Oman and the United Arab Emirates making up Group B.


The top three from each group will progress to the Super Six stage where each team will play three matches against the sides they did not meet in the group stage.


All points won in the groups will be carried over to the Super Six stage, apart from those gained against the bottom two from each group.


The finalists will both progress to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.


The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier is the culmination of four years of hard-fought competition and brings together the bottom five teams from the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League, three automatic qualifiers from the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League Two and two teams who gained entry from the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier Playoff.




Burl Ryan, Chatara Tendai, Ervine Craig, Evans Bradley, Gumbie Joylord, Jongwe Luke, Kaia Innocent, Madande Clive, Madhevere Wessly, Marumani Tadiwanashe, Masakadza Wellington, Muzarabani Blessing, Ngarava Richard, Raza Sikandar, Williams Sean


Ervine’s record knock propels Zimbabwe Select to series victory

Zimbabwe Select – 385-7 in 50 overs (Craig Ervine 195, Innocent Kaia 92, Ryan Burl 31; Mohammad Ali 2/32, Qasim Akram 2/60, Aamer Jamal 2/89)

Pakistan Shaheens – 353 all out in 49.2 overs (Mubasir Khan 115, Rohail Nazir 87, Kamran Ghulam 56; Sikandar Raza 3/66, Luke Jongwe 2/54, Blessing Muzarabani 2/55)


Zimbabwe Select won by 32 runs 


The greatest feature of a day when 738 runs were scored was a magnificent innings of 195 by Craig Ervine, which set a new national record and propelled the Zimbabwe Select to a 32-run victory over the Pakistan Shaheens in the sixth and final one-day match at Harare Sports Club on Saturday.

The tourists won the toss and followed their usual policy by putting the home side in to bat.

The Zimbabweans had an unfortunate start when Joylord Gumbie, a hero of the fourth match, was this time round out to the second ball of the innings, very well caught high at first slip by Kamran Ghulam off the bowling of Mohammad Ali without a run on the board.

This brought in Ervine to join Innocent Kaia at the wicket, and a wonderful treat for the supporters followed.

They were soon well into their stride, plundering the bowling with their attacking batsmanship, although enjoying a couple of narrow escapes along the way.

Kaia was the first of the two to go on full attack, and at one time his score was well ahead of Ervine’s, but the latter soon began to catch up.

They put on 187 runs for the second wicket in 27 overs, a rate of almost seven an over, before Kaia unfortunately missed a century and was out for 92, scored off 79 balls with three sixes and 10 fours.

He stepped down the pitch to the pace of Ali, and the result was a miscued pull that was caught at midwicket.

Ervine however went from strength to strength, and reached a fine century off only 89 balls.

He enjoyed brief but brisk partnerships with Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams and Wessly Madhevere, who scored 15, 20 and eight respectively while the total soared beyond 300.

Ervine raced past 150 in the company of Ryan Burl, and so well did he bat that it was now a clear possibility that he might achieve the rare feat of scoring a double-century in a one-day match.

With two overs to go he was on 175, and in the next over, from Shahnawaz Dahani, he scored 19 runs, including two sixes and a four, to take his score to 194.

At this point he was equal with the record individual score in any List A match by a Zimbabwean, scored by Charles Coventry in an official ODI against Bangladesh at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo in 2009.

When he got strike in the final over, bowled by Aamer Jamal, he managed only a single instead of the six he needed, and in trying to give him the stroke Burl was caught for 31, scored off only 18 balls.

Then, trying to regain strike, Ervine attempted a single from a wide, but the wicket-keeper’s throw beat him, and he was run out for his wonderful innings of 195.

He returned to the pavilion to a standing ovation, having faced only 148 balls and hit six sixes and 22 fours in creating a new Zimbabwean record.

The innings finally closed at 385 for seven wickets, the best of the bowlers being Ali, who took two for 32 in seven overs before breaking down with an injury.

This gave the Pakistanis an almost impossible target to reach at a rate of nearly eight an over.

They generally rely on their top three batters to give them a big total, but within 10 overs all three had gone.

Imran Butt was out for six and Omair Yousuf for four, both caught off Blessing Muzarabani, and with the score at 50 Haseebullah Khan, who had been batting well, fell to Tanaka Chivanga for 35 off 36 balls.

There was nothing left now but for the tourists to compile whatever runs they could and lose with dignity – or so one might have thought.

However, the real fighting spirit of the Shaheens now came to the fore, and they fought tooth and nail for a highly improbable victory right to the end.

The middle order, who had not been too prominent during the tour before now, rose to the occasion magnificently.

Rohail Nazir and Kamran Ghulam played fine attacking cricket and put on 108 runs for the fourth wicket in less than 17 overs.

After Ghulam went for 56, Mubasir Khan joined Nazir and they added another 98 runs in 12 overs, the score being 256 in the 39th over for only four wickets when Nazir went for 87 – but the required run rate was still over 11 an over at this stage.

Although his partners came and went, Mubasir never gave up, flogging the bowling superbly and reaching a brilliant century.

When the eighth wicket went down at 308, 78 were still needed in the last six overs, but Mubasir could not do it all himself.

He was finally the last man out, caught by Sikandar Raza off the second ball of the final over, bowled by Luke Jongwe, having scored 117 off 77 balls with eight sixes and six fours, a heroic effort.

The total was a remarkable 353, scored under tremendous pressure, giving the Zimbabweans victory by 32 runs and enabling the Shaheens to lose with honour.

Raza was the most successful bowler with three wickets for 66, while Muzarabani with two for 55 off his 10 overs was the most economical.

The Zimbabwe Select team therefore won the six-match series with four victories against two defeats.

Madande wages lone battle as Zimbabwe Select crumble to defeat

Pakistan Shaheens – 314-6 in 50 overs (Omair Yousuf 89*, Imran Butt 64, Haseebullah Khan 62; Brandon Mavuta 2/39, Luke Jongwe 1/51, Sikandar Raza 1/67)

Zimbabwe Select – 137 all out in 31.4 overs (Clive Madande 41*, Tadiwanashe Marumani 19, Sean Williams 15; Qasim Akram 3/9, Shahnawaz Dahani 3/29, Mehran Mumtaz 2/36)

Pakistan Shaheens won by 177 runs

Clive Madande fought almost a lone battle, scoring a gallant 41 not out, as the Zimbabwe Select team as a whole struggled with the bat against Pakistan Shaheens at Harare Sports Club on Thursday, going down by 177 runs in their fifth one-day match.

The tourists batted brilliantly to score a daunting 314 for six wickets in their innings, while the hosts could muster only 137 runs in a poor display in return.

The Zimbabweans won the toss and put the Pakistanis in to bat.

The openers, Imran Butt and Haseebullah Khan, were in a very determined mood and were soon plundering the bowling.

They quickly singled out Brad Evans, whose five opening overs went for 43 runs.

Going almost neck and neck as far as individual scores were concerned, they kept the runs coming at about a run a ball, and their opening stand of 139 gave their team the ideal foundation for a huge innings score.

The Zimbabwean breakthrough did not come until the 24th over, when Khan tried to pull a ball from Sikandar Raza that was not quite short enough, and was out lbw for 62, scored off 77 balls.

Two balls later a moment’s hesitation between the batters over a single saw Butt run out, thanks to a brilliant pick-up and throw from Richard Ngarava at backward square leg – he had made 64 off 65 balls.

The two quick wickets did not greatly handicap the tourists, though, as Omair Yousuf batted well in partnership with Rohail Nazir, before the latter was bowled by Brandon Mavuta for 16.

The key wicket, as in the previous match, was that of Yousuf, but the bowlers were unable to get it, although he lost his next three partners at regular intervals.

Six wickets were down for 250 in the 43rd over, but the Pakistanis finished the stronger, as Aamer Jamal played an excellent supporting role with some big hits of his own in 24 not out while Yousuf continued to dominate the bowling and the score topped 300.

There were not quite enough overs left for Yousuf to reach his century, and he finished on 89 not out, scored off 87 balls with a six and seven fours.

Mavuta finished as the Zimbabweans’ most successful bowler, taking two wickets for 39 runs in his eight overs, while Sean Williams, fit to play again and today’s captain, and Ngarava also bowled well against such dominating batting.

The Pakistani total of 314 for six wickets left the home side requiring the highest total of the series at more than a run a ball to win this match.

They needed a brisk start from their openers Innocent Kaia and Tadiwanashe Marumani, but they were unable to provide this, Kaia being caught for seven in the fourth over with only 12 runs on the board.

Wessly Madhevere did his best to get the score moving, hitting 15 off 16 balls before he sliced a catch to backward point at 30 for two.

Williams came in and cracked three fours, scoring 15 off seven balls, but was caught at the wicket to give Shahnawaz Dahani his second wicket at 45 for three after nine overs.

Sikandar Raza decided he would have to play himself in before attacking the bowling, but he was never able to get going.

He scored nine off 19 balls before he was bowled out by the left-arm spinner Mehran Mumtaz.

The Zimbabweans were now 68 for four wickets in the 16th over and there was no way back from here.

Four balls later Marumani was out, after labouring for 41 balls to score 19.

After this Milton Shumba made 14, and then Madande, coming in at number seven, alone shone with the bat.

The tail-enders came and went at the other end, but Madande, the only batter in the team to reach 20, played a fine aggressive innings for 41 not out.

He was left stranded as the last four batters scored only 10 runs among them, and the whole team was dismissed for a disappointing 137.

Madande scored his runs off only 46 balls and hit five fours.

Three of the last four batters fell victims to the off-spinner Qasim Akram in only 3.4 overs, while the paceman Dahani took three for 29 in six overs.

The final match of the series takes place at the same ground on Saturday.

Ervine, Gumbie centuries power Zimbabwe Select to huge victory

Pakistan Shaheens – 295-9 in 50 overs (Omair Yousuf 153, Kamran Ghulam 55, Haseebullah Khan 22; Brad Evans 5/62, Wellington Masakadza 2/45, Blessing Muzarabani 1/51)

Zimbabwe Select – 299-3 in 47.3 overs (Craig Ervine 161, Joylord Gumbie 111, Wessly Madhevere 9*; Shahnawaz Dahani 2/60, Aamer Jamal 1/47)


Zimbabwe Select won by seven wickets

There was a magnificent match at Harare Sports Club on Tuesday when brilliant centuries from Craig Ervine and Joylord Gumbie powered the Zimbabwe Select team to a seven-wicket victory over Pakistan Shaheens in their fourth one-day match.

The pair almost set a new Zimbabwean record as they put on 277 for the second wicket.

For the first time in the series the home side won the toss and put the Pakistanis in to bat first.

Muhammad Hurraira (17) and Haseebullah Khan (22) made a fair start, scoring 29 together in seven overs before Blessing Muzarabani bowled out the dangerous Hurraira.

However, that only brought in an even more prolific opponent in Yousuf, and he was to dominate virtually the rest of the innings.

When Abdul Bangalzai followed without scoring, the score was 55 for three in the 14th over and the hosts were on top.

But this started to change, as Kamran Ghulam joined Yousuf and the pair began to turn the match in their favour.

It was more than 25 further overs before the Zimbabweans broke through again, as this stand added 139 for the fourth wicket at almost a run a ball.

Having reached his fifty, Ghulam drove Wellington Masakadza hard and straight for a lofted four, but when he tried it again off the next delivery, the cunning bowler made him sky a catch and he departed for 55 off 79 balls.

Yousuf continued his assault, mastering all the bowlers, while his remaining partners came and went quite cheaply, most of them dismissed while hitting out for quick runs.

His best partnership was 58 for the seventh wicket in only 4.2 overs with Qasim Akram, who made 16.

Akram was caught off Brad Evans in the 49th over, which was a good one for the Zimbabwe Select side, as the new man Aamer Jamal was caught off the second delivery.

After a single was scored, Evans then finally removed Yousuf himself – the batter backed away to give himself room to slash on the off side, but a good straight delivery knocked back his off stump.

Yousuf had scored a magnificent 153 off only 126 deliveries, with four sixes and 14 fours.

The last pair managed to scramble another 11 runs without dismissal before the innings closed at the daunting total of 295 for nine wickets, more than half of which had been scored by one man.

Evans finished with a five-wicket haul that cost him 62 runs, while the most economical bowler was Masakadza who took two for 45 in his 10 overs.

When the Zimbabweans batted they quickly lost Tadiwanashe Marumani, who was caught off Shahnawaz Dahani in the second over after scoring just one boundary.

Gumbie and Ervine then set themselves to build a strong foundation as a launching pad for their very difficult victory bid.

They did a fine job as they kept the score ticking along with quick runs, while taking boundaries off any loose deliveries, and they were still together, on the verge of their fifties, when the hundred went up in the 20th over.

Both were on 49, and Gumbie reached his fifty first off 63 balls, while Ervine followed later in the same over off 65 balls.

Then Ervine decided it was time to hit out, and he began to assault the bowling with good success, leaving Gumbie behind.

In complete command, he raced to his century off 99 balls, and celebrated by hitting Hussain Talat for four fours in an over.

Gumbie now speeded up too and his century came off 112 balls, while Ervine raced on towards 150.

It was just a pity that this magnificent win could not have been achieved in the grand manner, with both batters unbeaten, but just 11 runs short of victory Ervine tried to glance a ball from Aamer Jamal down the leg side and was given out caught at the wicket.

His score was 161, which he made off 144 balls, hitting three sixes and 19 fours.

It was good to see Jamal warmly congratulating Ervine as he walked off, a fine piece of sportsmanship on the field.

The second-wicket partnership was worth 277 runs, which was only two runs short of the Zimbabwean List A partnership record, an unbroken 279 by Andy and Grant Flower for the third wicket for Mashonaland against Midlands at Kwekwe in 2002/03.

From the next ball he faced, Gumbie flicked Dahani down towards third man, only to be brilliantly caught by Jamal there – his 111 took 124 balls and included 10 fours.

With five overs left, Wessly Madhevere and Milton Shumba played carefully before Madhevere top-edged an attempted big hit over the keeper’s head for four to win the match with 2.3 overs to spare.

Dahani was the best of the Pakistani bowlers, taking two wickets for 60 runs.

The Zimbabweans now take an unbeatable three-one lead in the six-match series.

Zimbabwe, West Indies clash headlines Men’s CWC Qualifier fixtures

Hosts Zimbabwe will face the West Indies, the Netherlands, Nepal and the United States of America (USA) in Group A of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023 to be played across four venues in Harare and Bulawayo from 18 June to 9 July.


The schedule for the event has been released, with the 10 teams taking part in the tournament split into two groups of five teams.


Sri Lanka, Ireland, Scotland, Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) make up Group B.


Each match will be high stakes, with teams contesting for two places at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 in India later in the year.


The top three from each group will progress to the Super Six stage where each team will play three matches against the sides they did not meet in the group stage.


All points won in the groups will be carried over to the Super Six stage, apart from those gained against the bottom two from each group.


The finalists will both progress to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.


Zimbabwe will play Nepal in the opening match of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023 at Harare Sports Club on 18 June.


Two days later, the hosts will face the Netherlands at the same venue.


On 24 June, Zimbabwe and the West Indies will lock horns at Harare Sports Club in what should be the biggest Group A fixture.


Zimbabwe’s last group fixture will be against the USA at the same venue on 26 June.


Other Group A matches will be played at Takashinga Cricket Club in Harare, while Bulawayo will host Group B fixtures at Queens Sports Club and Bulawayo Athletic Club.


The Super Six stage will commence on 29 June, while the bottom two teams from each group will compete in the Playoff.


The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier is the culmination of four years of hard-fought competition and brings together the bottom five teams from the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League, three automatic qualifiers from the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League Two and two teams who gained entry from the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier Playoff.


Zimbabwe Cricket Chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani said: “We are looking forward to an unforgettable treat of great, entertaining and competitive cricket, something that is guaranteed considering the quality of the teams participating in the tournament.


“Apart from the magic that the game itself is promising, this event presents us as the hosts with an incredible opportunity to showcase not only the passion for cricket in Zimbabwe but also the warmth of our people as well as the breath-taking beauty of our country and its tourist attractions.”


ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardice said: “The countdown to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 is entering the final stages and this event presents an incredible opportunity for teams to earn a place in the pinnacle event of one day cricket.


“The stakes don’t get any bigger in what will be a very competitive event enjoyed by fans looking to see who will join the eight teams that have already booked their tickets to India.


“With two former Men’s Cricket World Cup champions among the contenders as well as emerging cricket nations who are aiming to qualify for the first time, this unique event, featuring teams from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe will be a showcase of the global game.”




Sunday, 18 June

Zimbabwe v Nepal, Harare Sports Club

West Indies v USA, Takashinga Cricket Club


Monday, 19 June

Sri Lanka v UAE, Queens Sports Club

Ireland v Oman, Bulawayo Athletic Club


Tuesday, 20 June

Zimbabwe v Netherlands, Harare Sports Club

Nepal v USA, Takashinga Cricket Club


Wednesday, 21 June

Ireland v Scotland, Queens Sports Club

Oman v UAE, Bulawayo Athletic Club


Thursday, 22 June

West Indies v Nepal, Harare Sports Club

Netherlands v USA, Takashinga Cricket Club


Friday, 23 June

Sri Lanka v Oman, Queens Sports Club

Scotland v UAE, Bulawayo Athletic Club


Saturday, 24 June

Zimbabwe v West Indies, Harare Sports Club

Netherlands v Nepal, Takashinga Cricket Club


Sunday, 25 June

Sri Lanka v Ireland, Queens Sports Club

Scotland v Oman, Bulawayo Athletic Club


Monday, 26 June

Zimbabwe v USA, Harare Sports Club

West Indies v Netherlands, Takashinga Cricket Club


Tuesday, 27 June

Sri Lanka v Scotland, Queens Sports Club

Ireland v UAE, Bulawayo Athletic Club


Thursday, 29 June

Super 6: A2 v B2, Queens Sports Club


Friday, 30 June

Super 6: A3 v B1, Queens Sports Club

Playoff: A5 v B4, Takashinga Cricket Club


Saturday, 1 July

Super 6: A1 v B3, Harare Sports Club


Sunday, 2 July

Super 6: A2 v B1, Queens Sports Club

Playoff: A4 v B5, Takashinga Cricket Club


Monday, 3 July

Super 6: A3 v B2, Harare Sports Club


Tuesday, 4 July

Super 6: A2 v B3, Queens Sports Club

Playoff: 7th v 8th Takashinga Cricket Club


Wednesday, 5 July

Super Six: A1 v B2, Harare Sports Club


Thursday, 6 July

Super Six: A3 v B3, Queens Sports Club

Playoff: 9th v 10th Takashinga Cricket Club


Friday, 07 July

Super Six: A1 v B1, Harare Sports Club


Sunday, 09 July

Final, Harare Sports Club




Tuesday, 13 June

West Indies v Scotland, Harare Sports Club

Zimbabwe v Oman, Takashinga Cricket Club

Nepal v UAE, Old Hararians Cricket Club

Sri Lanka v Netherlands, Queens Sports Club

Ireland v USA, Bulawayo Athletic Club


Thursday, 15 June

Nepal v Oman, Harare Sports Club

West Indies v UAE, Takashinga Cricket Club

Zimbabwe v Scotland, Old Hararians Cricket Club

Ireland v Netherlands, Queens Sports Club

Sri Lanka v USA, Bulawayo Athletic Club

Pakistanis edge Zimbabwe Select as bad light ruins thriller

Zimbabwe Select – 278 all out in 50 overs (Sean Williams 78, Wessly Madhevere 41, Tadiwanashe Marumani 29; Shahnawaz Dahani 4/43, Aamer Jamal 3/60, Kamran Ghulam 1/25)

Pakistan Shaheens – 263-8 in 46.5 overs (Qasim Akram 57*, Haseebullah Khan 49, Mubasir Khan 30; Tendai Chatara 4/53, Wellington Masakadza 2/44, Victor Nyauchi 1/52)


Pakistan Shaheens won by five runs (Duckworth-Lewis method)

A fine 78 by Sean Williams and four wickets by Tendai Chatara were not enough to bring the Zimbabwe Select team victory in the third one-day match against Pakistan Shaheens at Harare Sports Club on Sunday.


There should have been a thrilling finish to this game, but it was ruined for the spectators when the players had to be taken off the field for bad light with 3.1 overs still to go, and the Duckworth-Lewis calculations awarded the match to the tourists by five runs.

Despite their bad experiences in the first two matches of this series, Pakistan Shaheens again decided to field on winning the toss for the third time.

The Zimbabweans lost their first wicket to the seventh ball of the match, as Joylord Gumbie, coming into the team as they rotated their squad, was out lbw to Shahnawaz Dahani for one.


There followed two good partnerships of more than 50 runs each, as Tadiwanashe Marumani added 56 for the second wicket with Wessly Madhevere before being out for 29.


Madhevere continued to make 41 in a stand with Craig Ervine that put on 53 and took the score to 110 for three after 25 overs.

At the start of the next over, however, Ervine was out for 25, and with Ryan Burl making only nine, the Zimbabweans were at a crossroads in their innings with a score of 137 for five in the 29th over.

Fortunately, they took the correct path after that as Williams, again batting with great aggression, was joined by Clive Madande and they added 65 in less than 10 overs.

Madande went for a valuable 22 off 27 balls, while Williams went on to reach 78 off only 59 balls before being bowled by Dahani in the 44th over.

Wellington Masakadza was then his partner, who went on to make 18, while the next man in was Faraz Akram, another beneficiary of squad rotation, who batted very well at the death to score 19 not out off 17 balls.

The innings closed for 278 all out with the last possible delivery, as Tanaka Chivanga was caught in the deep off Aamer Jamal.

Dahani was the best of the Pakistani bowlers with four wickets for 42, while Jamal again took wickets at a price, with three for 60 in his 10 overs.

The tourists kept faith in their left-handed opening batter Saim Ayub despite two failures, and this time he showed more of his true form, making 47 in fine style with Muhammad Hurraira for the first wicket before he skyed an attempted hook and was caught and bowled by Tendai Chatara for 28.

Four balls and no runs later, Chatara took another catch, this one at backward square leg as Hurraira (19) flicked the ball straight to him off Victor Nyauchi’s bowling.

Then followed a good partnership for the third wicket between Haseebullah Khan and Omair Yousuf, who put on 60 together, scoring 49 and 29 respectively, before Masakadza dismissed them both with catches to the wicket-keeper Madande.

Then Chatara chipped in with two more wickets, and at 164 for six wickets in the 32nd over the Pakistanis appeared to be almost down and out.

However, Qasim Akram, batting at number eight, then played a superb attacking innings that changed the whole situation.

Mubasir Khan played a fine innings as his partner to score 30 off 32 balls, and the pair added 67 runs in just over eight overs, before Khan went at 236 for seven.

Jamal did not last long, and Qasim had only two tail-enders to keep him company as, in theory, they needed another 33 runs in the last seven overs.

Qasim reached his fifty and was still there, with Mohammad Ali as his partner, when the umpires decided that the light was too bad for play to continue and called for Duckworth-Lewis.

At the point of abandonment the tourists needed another 16 runs in just 3.1 overs with only two wickets left, but Duckworth-Lewis decided in favour of them.

Qasim finished with a brilliant 57 not out off 40 balls, with a six and seven fours.

Muzarabani stars with bat and ball as Zimbabwe Select prevail again

Zimbabwe Select – 236 all out in 38.5 overs (Blessing Muzarabani 50*, Ryan Burl 47, Clive Madande 43; Aamer Jamal 5/75, Shahnawaz Dahani 2/36, Mir Hamza 1/30)

Pakistan Shaheens – 156 all out in 37.3 overs (Imran Butt 45, Mubasir Khan 44, Muhammad Hurraira 33; Blessing Muzarabani 4/23, Sean Williams 2/16, Victor Nyauchi 2/43)


Zimbabwe Select won by 80 runs 

Blessing Muzarabani top-scored with a rapid unbeaten fifty and then took four for 23 as the Zimbabwe Select team powered to an 80-run victory over Pakistan Shaheens at Harare Sports Club on Friday to go two up in the six-match one-day series.


As in the first game on Wednesday, the tourists won the toss and put the hosts in to bat.

Disaster struck for the Zimbabweans in the fourth over, as Shahnawaz Dahani had Innocent Kaia (2) and Wessly Madhevere first ball caught off his pacy deliveries.

Tadiwanashe Marumani was run out for 16, and in quick succession Sean Williams went for 13 off eight balls and Craig Ervine for 23, both to Aamer Jamal.

The Zimbabweans were now in serious trouble at 57 for five wickets in the 13th over, again needing the later batters to repair the damage.

This came in the form of another outstanding partnership for the sixth wicket between Ryan Burl and Clive Madande.

Madande was the more aggressive of the two, scoring 43 off only 44 balls, with six fours, in their partnership of 88 in 15 overs, before he was caught off Jamal.

This bowler continued his breakthrough by taking the wickets of Wellington Masakadza (6) and Victor Nyauchi (9), while between them Burl’s innings ended for 47, scored off 60 balls with a six and four fours.

At 169 for nine the Zimbabweans were facing a likely losing score as the last man, Muzarabani, joined Tendai Chatara at the wicket in the 32nd over.

With nothing left to do for their team except to hit out and score what they could, that is what this pair proceeded to do, especially Muzarabani.

He began by scoring a two and a four off the first two balls he faced, from Jamal.

Considering their career batting records, the pair played a fine game in selecting which balls to hit without getting out, and once he had settled Muzarabani hit a six and a four off an over from the left-arm spinner Mehran Mumtaz and two successive fours in the next from the paceman Dahani.

Chatara was content to give his partner his head, and it took Muzarabani only 24 balls to reach his fifty, which included two sixes and seven fours.

Perhaps this landmark caused Chatara to relax his concentration, as he was caught off the next delivery for 15 and the innings was over for 236 with 11.1 overs wasted.

The last pair had added 67 runs in seven overs and given the Zimbabweans a reasonable chance now of forcing a victory.

Jamal finished with five wickets but took a lot of punishment, conceding 75 runs in his 10 overs.

The Pakistan Shaheens innings began with a series of fits and starts, with Chatara trapping Saim Ayub lbw with the very first ball of the innings.

Muhammad Hurraira batted well to score 33 off 36 balls, but then Muzarabani had both him and Kamran Ghulam, second ball, caught to make the score 44 for three.

The captain, Imran Butt, was still there, and he decided to play a cautious game and hold the innings together.

Muzarabani then removed Hussain Talat for 10, and when Sean Williams ran out Haseebullah Khan for eight, the score was 71 for five in the 18th over and the Zimbabweans were right on top.

Then began the fightback, as Mubasir Khan came in and took the attack to the bowlers with some aggressive strokes, which encouraged Imran to increase his pace also.

With good strokeplay they took the score to 144 for five after 34 overs, with both batters now in the forties, and the partnership was beginning to worry the Zimbabweans.

However, the Pakistani challenge came to an end very quickly.

The killer blow came when Nyauchi trapped Imran lbw for a patient and well-constructed 45, which took him 81 balls.

Three runs later Mubasir followed him back to the pavilion, caught by Muzarabani off Williams for 44, which took him 60 balls and contained seven fours.

The score was now 147 for seven wickets, with only the tail-enders left to bat.

It took barely another three overs to take the last three wickets, with Williams, Nyauchi and Muzarabani all getting a share.

The Pakistanis were all out for 156 in 37.3 overs, giving a second victory to the Zimbabwean team.


The two sides will meet in the third one-dayer at the same venue on Sunday.

Chatara, Masakadza scythe down Shaheens as Zimbabwe Select win

Zimbabwe Select – 234 all out in 45.3 overs (Ryan Burl 69, Clive Madande 34, Wellington Masakadza 25; Aamer Jamal 4/35, Mir Hamza 3/37, Shahnawaz Dahani 2/42)

Pakistan Shaheens – 210 all out in 47 overs (Mubasir Khan 49, Haseebullah Khan 45, Kamran Ghulam 42; Tendai Chatara 5/37, Wellington Masakadza 4/32, Blessing Muzarabani 1/36)


Zimbabwe Select won by 24 runs 

Tendai Chatara, with a five-wicket haul, and Wellington Masakadza, with four scalps to his name, ripped through the Pakistan Shaheens line-up to help the Zimbabwe Select team to a 24-run victory in the first one-day match at Harare Sports Club on Wednesday.

The tourists had won the toss on a warm sunny morning and put the home side in to bat.

Innocent Kaia and Tadiwanashe Marumani opened the batting to the bowling of Mir Hamza and Shahnawaz Dahani.

It took only four balls for Hamza to claim the first wicket, as Marumani was caught for one with the total four.

In the sixth over, Kaia was caught off Dahani for nine with a score of only 17 on the board.


The trouble intensified as Aamer Jamal came on to bowl as he soon bowled Craig Ervine for 10 and in his next over had Wessly Madhevere lbw for 14.

Briefly, Sean Williams looked ready to take command and carry the attack to the opposition, and in a moment of brilliance he hit three fours and a six off successive deliveries.

But he quickly fizzled out, bowled by Jamal in the next over for 20 off nine balls, leaving the Zimbabweans in serious trouble at 64 for five.

However, there followed a superb fighting partnership between Ryan Burl and Clive Madande, with Burl doing most of the scoring while the team’s wicketkeeper played an invaluable supporting role.

This gallant sixth-wicket pair put on 90 runs in 16 overs and made the Zimbabweans competitive again, before Madande was caught at the wicket off the left-arm spinner Mehran Mumtaz for 34, scored off 55 balls.

The score was then 154 for six in the 30th over.

Masakadza took over Madande’s role of steady support, while Burl continued to play well until he was caught off Hamza for 69.

He scored his runs off 68 balls, with two sixes and six fours, and the Zimbabweans were now on 193 for seven in the 37th over.

There was a useful partnership between Masakadza and Brad Evans, who added 25 in six overs, before Masakadza went for 25, soon followed by Chatara.

Evans was the last man out at 234, having scored 19 off 24 balls.

The innings was completed in the 46th over – not a particularly impressive score, but certainly higher than had looked likely when the top order failed.

Jamal was the best of the bowlers, taking four wickets for 35 – three bowled and one lbw.

When the Shaheens began their reply, their top three were quickly blown away in Chatara’s superb opening burst.

In his second over, Chatara trapped Saim Ayub lbw for eight with the score at 10.

His next over saw Imran Butt caught by Madhevere for six, and in the fourth the prolific Muhammad Hurraira was caught at the wicket by Madande for three – the tourists were now reeling at 29 for three.

Kamran Ghulam and Hussain Talat tried to repair the damage, with the latter hitting an aggressive 29 off 25 balls.

He hit Masakadza for a superb six, but the bowler cunningly tossed the next ball a little higher and Talat skyed it for Kaia to hold the catch and break the dangerous partnership.

When Masakadza also dismissed Kamran Ghulam for 42, the score was 106 for five in the 24th over and the Zimbabweans held the advantage.

Then followed a fighting partnership of 60 in 15 overs for the sixth wicket between the wicket-keeper Haseebullah Khan and Mubasir Khan.

The balance was swinging back to the tourists when Masakadza did the trick again, holding a return catch to remove Haseebullah for 45.

Mubasir stayed longer, and as long as he was at the crease the Shaheens were in with a chance.

The match was right in the balance at 206 for seven in the 46th over when Blessing Muzarabani finally took a wicket by bowling out Mubasir for 49.

All that was left now was for Chatara, returning for his final spell, to dismiss the last two batter with successive deliveries in the 47th over and complete a richly deserved five-wicket haul.

His final figures were five for 37 in nine overs, while Masakadza also did an admirable and vital job with four wickets for 32.

The Zimbabweans therefore go one up in the six-match series, which continues on Friday at Harare Sports Club.

ZC extends condolences on passing of Richard Ngarava’s mother

Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) was deeply saddened to learn Zimbabwe international player Richard Ngarava had lost his mother, Mrs Anna Ngarava, in the early hours of this Wednesday at a private medical facility in Harare.


She was 58.


The late Mrs Ngarava had been battling poor health since 2021 when she had a stroke from which she recovered, only to suffer another one last year.


She is survived by four children.


Mourners are gathered at 2985 Old Highfield, Harare.


We, as the ZC Board, Management, Staff and Players, extend our deepest condolences to Richard and his family on the loss of their beloved mother. They are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


May her soul rest in peace.

ZC announces historic TV deal for one-day series

In a historic first, Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) will broadcast live to global audiences all the six one-day matches between a Zimbabwe Select side and Pakistan Shaheens.


The series is scheduled for 17, 19, 21, 23, 25 and 27 May at Harare Sports Club.


Until now, only matches involving Zimbabwe national teams in Test, one-day international and Twenty20 international series or International Cricket Council events had ever been televised.


After concluding the broadcast deal for the Zimbabwe Select-Pakistan Shaheens series, ZC Managing Director Givemore Makoni said:


“We are pleased to announce that, for the first time since the game of cricket was first played on Zimbabwean soil back in 1892, we will be beaming live on television and other digital platforms action that is not part of a full international series.


“Televising the upcoming one-day series against the Pakistani side will be a massive boost for our game and this would not have been possible without the unwavering support of our commercial and broadcast partners who continue showing confidence in our growing brand.”


In Pakistan, the series will be shown on Ten Sports, ARY and Tapmad and in India the matches will be available on Fancode.


Those in Zimbabwe can watch the games on ZBC TV, while the rest of the world can catch the action live on ZC’s Facebook channel.

ZC arranged the one-day series against Pakistan Shaheens to help Zimbabwe fine-tune for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023 that will be staged across four venues in Harare and Bulawayo from 18 June to 9 July.


The event will see 10 teams competing for the two remaining places at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 in India later in the year.








17 May 2023

1st One-Dayer

Harare Sports Club


19 May 2023

2nd One-Dayer

Harare Sports Club


21 May 2023

3rd One-Dayer

Harare Sports Club


23 May 2023

4th One-Dayer

Harare Sports Club


25 May 2023

5th One-Dayer

Harare Sports Club


27 May 2023

6th One-Dayer

Harare Sports Club