Mid-West Rhinos are facing rather uncertain times with their good quality but rather thin squad.
Lack of depth in batting has been their main weakness in the last season or two, despite having three national batsmen: the captain Brendan Taylor, Vusimuzi Sibanda and Malcolm Waller.
The probable loss of all three later in the season for the International Cricket World Twenty20 Cup must be causing a lot of concern, because there are as yet no other established batsmen of real experience and quality to stand in the gap. Peter Moor and Bothwell Chapungu will need to stand up and be counted, but Mark Vermeulen and Stephen Trenchard have both left. The wicketkeeper Nyasha Mayavo scored a century in the final Logan Cup match of last season, and it is hoped his batting talent will now flourish when it is needed.
Their strong bowling attack is also in danger of depletion. Graeme Cremer has not signed up to play at all yet, due to his dissatisfaction with the financial situation in Zimbabwe Cricket, while Edward Rainsford and Richard Muzhange may not be available fulltime as both have recently secured part-time jobs due to the prevailing uncertain circumstances.
Mike Chinouya may have a heavy load to carry, along with Neville Madziva. One gain for the franchise is the acquisition of all-rounder Mark Mbofana from Mashonaland Eagles.
Grant Flower will coach the team with the same passion and intensity he put into his own illustrious career. He has high hopes for two under-19 all-rounders: Carl Mumba and Mkhululi Nyathi, and expects both to be playing in the senior Mid-West Rhinos side sooner rather than later.