Various tours, programmes and courses were undertaken to advance women’s cricket during the period under review. The main focus in 2010 being the Regional Women`s Cricket World Cup Qualifiers that were held in Nairobi Kenya in December.
The road to these qualifiers was paved with a concentrated effort on ZC’s part to ensure that the existing expertise within the organization was harnessed to assist the senior women’s team achieve their goals. This strategy even saw the team admirably face the Churchill U16 Boys and then the Harare Province ZRP men`s teams! The franchises have done well working with the players and the ladies played more cricket in this season. Selectors had a tougher time choosing the squad not only because of increased number of candidates but the swell of competitive players.
This 15 member squad underwent a specialized five day training camp where coaches from the various franchises were brought in to share their expertise.
As part of the focus on age group cricket in girl’s schools ZC introduced the first ever inter-franchise women’s age group tournaments in March, starting with development stages from under-13 to senior levels. The tournament was part of the first phase to create a stable feeder system for the national women’s team and the five year programme has already started to show signs of progress.
The plan is to have national girl’s teams at U13, U14, U16, U17 and U19 level by 2014.