Ex-Zim player Ebrahim joins English cricket club

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Forgotten former Zimbabwe international cricketer Dion Ebrahim has joined English side Shenley Village Cricket Club as both their overseas player and head coach for 2011.

The club’s official website on Tuesday announced that they had engaged the services of Ebrahim and were confident that his coming on board would help improve the club.

“A buzz of excitement is in the air at Shenley Village CC as they enter their 150th anniversary year. Former Zimbabwean international Dion Ebrahim will be joining Shenley to take up his coaching duties and to join the 1st XI squad towards the end of April. Shenley are setting their sights high, with the aim of celebrating this special by gaining promotion to Division One of the Saracens Hertfordshire League for the first time in their history,” read the statement on the website.

Shenley Village CC is an England and Wales Cricket Board focus club in Hertfordshire and part of the Saracens Herts cricket league and the Hertforshire County Cricket Association.

The 30 year old Ebrahim spent last season at playing and coaching for Taranaki Cricket Club in New Zealand and during his international career played 29 Tests and 90 ODIs from 2001-2005 and held a regular place as a batsman in the Zimbabwe team.

During his international career Ebrahim was widely known by local cricket fans as a reliable right-handed top-order batsman who was very quick between the wickets and superb fielder in the covers.

Last year he briefly came back to local cricket for a stint with Matabeleland Tuskers for the 2009-2010 season in which he was the franchise’s leading run scorer in the Logan Cup, with 746 runs at an average of 46,62.

Although he made himself available for national selection his poor record in ODIs in which he has a poor career strike-rate of just 56.81, a recall was by no means assured.

His return to local cricket was short-lived as he was reportedly offloaded from Tuskers ahead of the start of the just-ended season. Despite being linked with Mashonaland Eagles he finally settled for Taranaki in New Zealand.