Thursday, February 3, 2011

Team: Zimbabwe National Cricket Team

The Zimbabwean cricket team is a national cricket team representing Zimbabwe. It is administrated by Zimbabwe Cricket (formerly known as the Zimbabwe Cricket Union or ZCU). Zimbabwe is a full member of the International Cricket Council (I.C.C.) with Test and One Day International status, although it is currently inactive in Tests.

Players are included here because of outstanding achievement or other prominence / notoriety. For a fuller list of Zimbabwean cricketers,
    * Eddo Brandes - Known for his famous insult said to Glenn McGrath.
    * Paul Strang - Spin bowler and all rounder responsible for lot of wins.
    * Alistair Campbell - Former captain and opening batsman.
    * Kevin Curran - Former Zimbabwe coach.
    * Andy Flower - Wicket-keeper batsman and black arm-band demonstrator. Once ranked as top batsman in Test cricket, former captain and current England coach.
    * Grant Flower - Brother of Andy Flower. Currently plays for Essex County Cricket Club.
    * David Houghton - Former Captain.
    * Anthony Ireland - retired post 2007 Cricket World Cup, currently plays for Gloucestershire County Cricket Club
    * Murray Goodwin - Currently plays for Sussex County Cricket Club.
    * Henry Olonga - Quick bowler, musician and black arm-band demonstrator.
    * Heath Streak - Former captain and leading wicket taker for Zimbabwe in both Test and ODI cricket.
    * Tatenda Taibu - Regarded as one of Zimbabwe's few current international class players, first black captain.
    * John Traicos - Spin bowler who broke records for longevity of Test career.
    * Guy Whittall - Former Captain.
    * Charles Coventry -Second Highest individual scorer in a One Day International match (194*)

On 18 January 2006, Zimbabwe Cricket announced that they were suspending the playing of Test cricket for the rest of the year. Zimbabwe's coach Kevin Curran said that Zimbabwe were aiming to play their next Test against the West Indies in November 2007. It is currently felt by observers[who?] that the Zimbabwean national team is not of sufficient Test standard, and that competing against Full Member sides would do little to improve standards, given the likely one-sided nature of the games. Bangladesh, for a long time seen as the 'whipping boys' of Test cricket, recorded their first win against Zimbabwe, and are now generally regarded as being of a superior standard.

Domestically, the Logan Cup - Zimbabwe's first class competition played amongst the provinces - was cancelled in 2006 for the first time since its inception over a century ago (though the Cup was not played during some of the years of the World Wars). This was widely seen as due to concern by ZC that the standard of play would be so poor as to be both not worthwhile and potentially harmful to the external image of cricket in Zimbabwe. The one-day trophy, the Faithwear Cup, was contested, and drew complaints from observers that the quality was less than club level. As well as player exodus, the main reason for this catastrophic fall in standards was put down to wrangling within Zimbabwe Cricket, where internal politics motivated the removal of the historic provinces and their replacement with revamped, newly-designated provincial teams.

In a further harmful incident, ex-player Mark Vermeulen was arrested after attempting to burn down ZC's offices, and successfully destroying the Zimbabwe Cricket Academy's premises. In a nation in increasing social and economic turmoil, such facilities are hard to replace, and their loss has proven difficult to manage for a cricket administration already short of top quality facilities.

The ICC has not supported Zimbabwe's return to full Test status until the national team can perform consistently at that level and compete competitively against other test sides.


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