Zimbabwe off-spinner Prosper Utseya is in Johannesburg, South Africa, working on modifying his bowling action.
Earlier this month, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that an independent analysis found his bowling action to be illegal, and suspended Utseya from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect.
The analysis revealed that all his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations.
In Johannesburg, Utseya is working with South African coach Justin Summons to re-model his bowling action in accordance with ICC’s new protocol. The former Zimbabwe captain has three-hour sessions daily with Summons, for the next two weeks.
During his stay in South Africa, Utseya will play some games for Soweto Cricket Club as part of testing his new action and also to maintain his match fitness levels.
Expressing gratitude for the financial and moral support that he is receiving from ZC, Utseya said his hope is to be available for selection for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.
Utseya was reported after the third One-Day International against South Africa, at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo, on the 21st of August, 2014.
The ceremonial home of Zimbabwe cricket is having annual overhaul!
The Harare Sports Club (HSC) cricket ground is currently undergoing its annual scarifying and fertilising routine to give it a new surface.
Work started on Monday the 20th of October, and the tractors have been busy pulling the scarifiers over the whole outfield. The scarifiers have blades which cut the grass down to root level. All the cut grass is then cleared and the ground fertilised.
“We had to remove the grass because through time it deteriorates, slowing the outfield for the ball and making it heavy for the fielders,” explained Zimbabwe Cricket national curator Fungai Shanganya.
He said that after applying the fertiliser, they will water the ground then roll it. When the new grass shoots up, they will cut that, water it and keep rolling the ground every week for three weeks to level whatever undulations may have been put on it by the scarifiers.
“You will see that the outfield will be smoother and flat; it won’t deviate. Even before the scarifiers, there were lots of highs and lows on the outfield during the recently held home games. All of these will be taken care of,” said Shanganya.
“The ground staff have done excellent work on the wickets and now we will have a completely resurfaced outfield to complement our top-quality square,” he added.
The scarifying process will take approximately two months. With HSC being the home of the Mashonaland Eagles, the franchise will have to play all their home games at Old Hararians Sports Club for that period.
The renovation is an annual programme by ZC to ensure that HSC continues to receive worldwide acclaim as one of the venues of choice for international cricket.