The reigning Logan Cup champions Matabeleland Tuskers again have a strong, tight unit to face the coming season in defence of their trophy. They have Heath Streak as their new coach, as Dave Houghton has moved to take charge at Southern Rocks.
Gavin Ewing will remain captain of the side. Chris Mpofu is the one player in the team on a central contract. There will be no overseas players in the team this season due to the present financial constraints. The other contracted players are as follows:
Charles Coventry (who is expected to keep wicket), Keegan Meth, Terry Duffin, Keith Dabengwa, John Nyumbu, Glen Querl, Craig Ervine, Brad Stadden, Njabulo Ncube, and two young players who impressed at the Winter Academy, Goodwin Mamhiyo and Brian Chari.
Two very well-known players are also expected to be available: Sean Ervine and Sean Williams. Williams has returned after a period of disaffection and is reported to be very committed. Both are on “pay as you play” contracts at present, due to financial limitations. Mluleki Nkala is also available, but unlikely to play under present circumstances; he remains a very talented player but will need to convince the franchise of his commitment and produce very good results in club cricket, as the squad is so strong.
On the debit side, Matabeleland Tuskers have lost Tawanda Mupariwa, who has joined Southern Rocks, and Steve Trenchard, now with Mid-West Rhinos.
Magnificent bowling was mainly responsible for winning them the Logan Cup last season, and apart from Richard Jones ofWorcestershire that unit remains intact. The batting will be weakened by the absence of Paul Horton and Adam Wheater, English professionals who have done a magnificent job for them over the past two seasons, but Williams and Sean Ervine should make up for that and ensure Matabeleland Tuskers are well in the running for winning the Logan Cup for the third successive season.