THE Zimbabwe men and women’s senior cricket teams will be chasing their World Cup dreams when they plunge into action today.
The Chevrons are set to renew their rivalry with Ireland, in their second One Day International, at the Civil Service Cricket Club, in Belfast.
Lalchand Rajput beat the hosts by 38 runs, in the first match of the series, which forms a qualification pathway, to the 2023 ICC World Cup.
The Lady Chevrons will begin their quest, in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 Africa Qualifier, in Botswana, when they face Tanzania.
Craig Ervine and his Chevrons could wrap up the three-match series today, if they reproduce their spirited performance, with both bat and ball, from the first ODI.
In fact, there is more at stake, for the Chevrons, as they could also move from the bottom of the 13-team Super League table, for the first time, with a win today.
Zimbabwe began the Super League on a bad note, after losing five of their six matches, in the two series against Pakistan and Bangladesh, in the last few months.
The tour of Ireland should provide them with the redemption they need, having last won a series back in 2019, when they thrashed lowly UAE 4-0 at home.
Zimbabwe need to get their batting right again today, and then try to account for Ireland’s dangerous top order, to enhance their chances of winning.
The return of experienced players like Brendan Taylor, Sikandar Raza and Sean Williams has strengthened the batting line-up.
Rajput’s men will also be banking on the form of Blessing Muzarabani, whose four-wicket haul was crucial, in the first game.
Zimbabwe have rarely won ODI games, in the last two years.
Wednesday’s success was their first outright ODI win, in their last 15 matches, dating back to April 2019.
The Super Over thriller in Pakistan, late last year, was the sole victory, during that period.
The Lady Chevrons hold the aces, when they begin their quest in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 Africa Qualifier, in Botswana, when they face minnows Tanzania.
The tournament began yesterday.
The Lady Chevrons are the team to beat, at the tourney, as they are the highest-ranked side, at the tournament.
The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Africa Qualifier is two steps away from the South Africa 2023 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.
Zimbabwe are in the same group as hosts Botswana, Eswatini, Mozambique, Rwanda and Tanzania, in the 11-team tournament, in Gaborone.
Uganda, who are also favourites, form Group B, which also features Cameroon, Namibia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
The top two teams, from each group, will play in the semi-finals, before the two finalists compete, on September 19, for the lone qualification spot, to the Global Qualifier 2022.
The event also provides the opportunity for teams to move up the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s T20I Team Rankings.
Zimbabwe (12th), are the highest ranked nation, among the participating teams, while Uganda (18th) and Tanzania (19th), also feature, in the top 20.
The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Africa Qualifier revised fixtures:
Today — Zimbabwe v Tanzania (BCA 1, 09:15); Botswana v Mozambique (BCA 1, 14:15); Namibia v Nigeria (BCA 2, 14:30)
Tomorrow — Zimbabwe v Eswatini (BCA 1, 09:15); Mozambique v Tanzania (BCA 1, 14:15); Nigeria v Uganda (BCA 2, 14:30)
Sunday — Eswatini v Rwanda (BCA 1, 09:15); Cameroon v Uganda (BCA 2, 09:30); Botswana v Zimbabwe (BCA 2, 14:30)
Monday — Tanzania v Rwanda (BCA 1, 09:15); Namibia v Sierra Leone (BCA 2, 09:30) Zimbabwe v Mozambique (BCA 1, 14:15); Nigeria v Cameroon (BCA 2, 14:30)
September 14 — Eswatini v Tanzania (BCA 1, 09:15); Uganda v Sierra Leone (BCA 2, 09:30) Botswana v Rwanda (BCA 1, 14:15); Cameroon v Namibia (BCA 2, 14:30)
September 15 — Sierra Leone v Cameroon (BCA 2, 14:30);
September 16 — Mozambique v Eswatini (BCA 1, 09:15); Rwanda v Zimbabwe (BCA 2, 09:30); Tanzania v Botswana (BCA 1, 14:15);
September 17 — A1 vs B2 (BCA 1, 09:15) B1 vs A2 (BCA 2: 14:15)
September 18 — Rest/Reserve Day
September 19 — 3rd/4th place playoff (BCA 1, 09:30); Final (BCA 2: 14:15)