The Zimbabwe Under 19 team has stepped up preparations for the One- Day Internationals (ODI) and Twenty20 series against South Africa.
The young South African team was expected in the country yesterday for five ODIs and two Twenty20 matches starting from July 4-12.
All matches will be played at Harare Sports Club.
Zimbabwe has been in camp for over a week at the High Performance Centre in Harare. The Zimbabwe coach Robin Brown, a former national team coach will take care of the squad, which includes players from the Under 19 World Cup early this year and a few new introductions.
“We have started selecting the squad; we are working on having a very fit and strong squad. This tour will also be preparation for the next World Cup and we need to get our boys match-fit for the next one,” said Brown in an interview with zimcricket.org early this week.
The team will be hoping to utilise the experience they gained from the World Cup while the new players from the schools league could use the opportunity to stake a claim in the team for future tournaments.
Brown said he would be counting on the experience of some of the players who gained exposure during the junior World Cup but he however conceded that South Africa would be a difficult opponent.
“We will be counting on players like PJ Moore, Culum Price and Natsai Mushangwe who played for Mountaineers during the domestic season. However, South Africa will not be an easy opponent at all but by the first ODI on the 4th of July we hope to be prepared,” said Brown.
The South Africans will play the High Performance Centre XI in a warm up match tomorrow before the first ODI two days later.
Zimbabwe High Performance XI v South Africa Under-19s (Country Club, Harare
Sun Jul 4: 1st Youth ODI – Zimbabwe Under-19s v South Africa Under-19s (Harare Sports Club).