The National Cricket Team
Cricket in Zimbabwe is arguably the second biggest sport in the country in terms of popularity, however; it is probably the biggest sport in Zimbabwe when you’re looking at how they compare to other nations on the world stage. Of course this is a matter of opinion, but it’s easy to see why one would agree with the statement. Zimbabwe cricket has produced some great acts like Andy Flower (OBE), who was considered worldwide as one of the best wicket-keeper batsmen of all time. Andy Flower carried on his cricket career after retiring to become the England cricket team coach.
Amongst the cricket legends, there is Heath Streak; arguably the best bowler to come out of Zimbabwe, statistically the best by far. Some great batsmen like Alistair Campbell and Grant flower have tormented some of the best and fastest bowlers in the world. Henry Olonga who also made his mark on the world stage tormenting some the best batsmen in the world, as seen on 11th November 1998 when he ripped through the Indian top order. Olonga became the first black cricketer to represent Zimbabwe, leading path to a lot of black Zimbabweans who later walked in his path, a record never to be broken.
Situations about the rebels will be discussed, not to put anyone down or criticize, but to get an understanding about what lead to the situation and what the consequences were. The rebuilding of Zimbabwe cricket, how the rebels came to an agreement with the Cricket Union to put their differences aside for the future of Zimbabwe cricket is an important factor that we will look into. Zimbabwe Cricket has produced some players who have gone on to become great coaches, like former captains Andy Flower and Duncan Fletcher. Other ex-players like Alistair Campbell and Grant Flower have come back home to help rebuild Zimbabwe Cricket.
We will also look into the possible future legends, the youngsters who may one day be considered, ‘legends’. Players like Brendan Taylor, Tatenda Taibu etc who have already at a young age started to shine on the world stage.
At the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo, at a 12 match losing streak, Zimbabwe managed a record breaking Chase to defeat New Zealand.