Bukhosi Mangena Sports Correspondent
ZIMBABWE franchise cricket’s star-studded big hitters Mashonaland Eagles and Matabeleland Tuskers will headline the launch of the Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) T20 tournament that starts at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo today.
The tournament, which will also be staged at the Bulawayo Athletic Club (BAC) and features MidWest Rhinos and Mountaineers, will run up to February 13.
The event is meant to help ZC selectors choose some players to beef up the Chevrons’ squad for the T20 World Cup set for India next month.
Tuskers and Eagles are rich in experienced players that have played the game at the highest level. Tuskers have John Nyumbu, Christopher Mpofu, Richard Mutumbami, Tawanda Mupariwa and Craig Ervine in their ranks, while Eagles boast of Shingi Masakadza and Vusi Sibanda.
The hosts have already lost to their rivals in the Logan Cup this year with Eagles claiming an 88-run victory over Tuskers at Queens Sports Club last month.
Tuskers’ administrator Stanley Staddon said they were ready for the match and their loss to Eagles earlier this year was now in the past.
“We’re ready for the game and I know it is not going to be easy for us as we have already lost once to them this year. However, that is history now and we have already worked on our shortcomings, so it’s going to be different this time around. I would also like to urge the cricket loving community to come and support the teams to show that we love cricket here in Bulawayo,” said Staddon.
Bulawayo Metropolitan Cricket chairman Vumi Moyo also urged fans to come in their numbers to support the tournament.
“We’ll be hosting a big event and since we’ve been crying for more cricket, this is the perfect platform to show that Bulawayo has passionate fans and what it takes to host a high profile event,” said Moyo.