Mountaineers, the Mutare-based team, appear to have a strong franchise squad for the 2013/14 season, and should again be challengers for all three domestic trophies on offer. Gary Brent will again coach the team.
They have lost two players from last year – Gregory Lamb and Callum Price, both of whom have retired from cricket. On the other hand, they have two quality imports from Mashonaland Eagles in Forster Mutizwa and Innocent Chinyoka. Mutizwa, a former national player, had a disappointing season last year, but it is hoped he will be able to return to his best form with Mountaineers, for whom he will probably also keep wicket.
Tinotenda Mawoyo will again captain the side, which will again be built around the strong international contingent of Hamilton and Shingirai Masakadza, Timycen Maruma, Tendai Chatara and Natsai M’shangwe. Two extremely talented young players to watch are the batsman Kevin Kasuza and all-rounder Donald Tiripano.
It is hoped that Mark Pettini of Essex, will return as an overseas player, along with Dan Housego, a batsman from Gloucestershire.