Mountaineers franchise cricket club head coach and former Zimbabwe national team player Gary Brent will conduct a one-day trial training session at Mutare Sports Club on August 22 to strengthen his team ahead of the new season expected to start in September.
The franchise club gave good account of themselves last year by reaching the Logan Cup final before losing to Matabeleland Tuskers and lost in the semi-finals of the Metbank Pro40 tournament to MidWest Rhinos of Midlands.
Brent confirmed in an interview that contracts would be offered for those who would be a cut above the rest and that they are expecting a big pool of players to come which will also include overseas players.
“We are going to conduct trials next week Monday at Mutare Sports Club ahead of the coming season. We would like to invite those who would like to be part of our team. We are going to offer ten contracts to those who will be a cut above the rest, but this does not necessarily mean that those who will fail will not be part of us. Everyone will have his chance,’’ he said.
Mountaineers spokesperson Brian Tsekwende said the trials are a follow-up to the first training session which was held on July 25 and 26.
‘’It is just a follow up to the first trials which were held on 25 and 26 of July this year and the objective of the trials will be also to work on fitness and strengthening of players,” he said.
The franchise teams system has been helpful in grooming future national cricket players and so far it has yielded results with the coming in of left-arm seam bowler Brian Vitori from the Southern Rocks.
He has been instrumental in the Zimbabwe national team in the ongoing Bangladesh tour.