The Zimbabwe Under-19 cricket team left for South Africa Sunday to compete at the Cubs Week tournament before locking horns with the hosts’ Under 19 team in five limited overs matches and two Pro20 matches.
Zimbabwe left with a squad of 15 players and a five-men technical team led by head coach Chris Harris and his assistant Walter Chawaguta for the tour which will take place until January 23.
New Zealander Harris and his youngsters are scheduled to take part at the Cubs Week tournament in Cape Town which starts today and ends on Friday.
Cricket South Africa Under-19 Franchise Cubs Week will feature the Nashua Titans, Chevrolet Knights, Nashua Dolphins, Cape Cobras and the Highveld Lions.
Namibia Under-19 are also expected to take part at the tournament.
After the Cubs Week tournament, the Zimbabwe team will then move to Johannesburg where they are expected to meet their South African counterparts in five limited overs matches and two Pro20 matches.
Zimbabwe’s team manager Levy Hombarume said the team had prepared well for the tournament.
“The preparations for the tour went on very well and the youngsters had an opportunity to play some practice matches against the Mashonaland Eagles ‘B’ side.
“They won two of the three matches played at the Country Club and Harris had expressed satisfaction at the level of preparedness,” said Hombarume.
Harris, a veteran of 23 Tests and 250 ODIs during his playing days for New Zealand will be in charge of his first competitive assignment with the Under 19 team since taking over as head coach early this year.
He will be using the tournament to assess the team ahead of next year’s ICC Under-19 World Cup.
The team that travelled to South Africa included five survivors from the team that lost 5-0 against South Africa at home in July last year.
Right arm medium bowlers Malcolm Lake and Callum Price, wicketkeeper batsmen Kudzai Sauramba and Dean Mazhawidza along with Brian Chari and Roy Kaia are expected to provide the stability in the young side.
Zimbabwe Team: Matthew Bentley, Kyle Bowi, Ryan Burl, Brian Chari, Atish Chouhan, Mamhiyo Goodwill (Captain), Roy Kaia, Kasuza Kazuza, Malcom Lake, Vuyisile Mapala, Liberty Nherera, Callum Price, Kudzai Sauramba, Enwerem Tockukwu, Peacemore Zimwa
Head coach: Chris Harris
Assistant coach: Walter Chawaguta
Physiotherapist: Bradley Robinson
Fitness trainer: Paul Martin
Team analyst: Stanley Chihoza