The eagerly awaited Zimbabwe Under-17 Week 2016 is finally here, with six teams taking part in the tournament that gets underway this Friday and runs up to Tuesday next week in Harare.
Four local Under-17 select sides – Lions XI, Buffalo XI, Leopards XI and Elephants XI – as well as a Zimbabwe Under-19 select and Uganda’s national Under-19 team are participating in the event.
Harare Sports Club, Old Hararians Sports Club and Takashinga Sports Club are the three venues for the 50-over tournament.
A total of 15 matches, all scheduled to start at 0930 hours (local time), will be played.
Zimbabwe Cricket’s schools and age group manager Nick Singo is naturally excited about the tournament.
“The national weeks are the jewels in Zimbabwe Cricket’s development crown as they represent the progress our boys make through cricket,” Singo said.
“The Under-17 boys’ week is therefore an all-important fixture on the youth calendar of Zimbabwe Cricket.”
Zimbabwe Under-19 coach Stephen Mangongo will be paying close attention, while the national selectors will use this tournament to select Zimbabwe’s training squad for the 2018 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup to be held in New Zealand.
“The national Under-17 selectors will be on duty and consistent top performers will be recognised. It is important that all players realise that this is only another step towards higher honours and that lots of hard work lies ahead,” Singo said.
TOURNAMENT 2016 MATCH SCHEDULE
|Friday||05/08/16||Lions XI versus Buffalo XI||Takashinga Sports Club|
|Uganda U19 versus Elephants XI||Old Hararians Sports Club|
|Zimbabwe U19 Select versus Leopards XI||Harare Sports Club|
|Saturday||06/08/16||Uganda U19 versus Zimbabwe U19 Select||Takashinga Sports Club|
|Leopards XI versus Lions XI||Old Hararians Sports Club|
|Elephants XI versus Buffalo XI||Harare Sports Club|
|Sunday||07/08/16||Lions XI versus Uganda U19||Harare Sports Club|
|Buffalo XI versus Zimbabwe U19 Select||Takashinga Sports Club|
|Elephants XI versus Leopards XI||Old Hararians Sports Club|
|Monday||08/08/16||Lions XI versus Zimbabwe U19 Select||Old Hararians Sports Club|
|Buffalo XI versus Elephants XI||Harare Sports Club|
|Uganda U19 versus Leopards XI||Takashinga Sports Club|
|Tuesday||09/08/16||Lions XI versus Leopards XI||Takashinga Sports Club|
|Elephants XI versus Zimbabwe U19 Select||Harare Sports Club|
|Uganda U19 versus Buffalo XI||Old Hararians Sports Club|