ZIMBABWE women’s cricket team will launch their latest bid for a World Cup final berth when they tour Tanzania next month for the Africa Women Twenty20 World Cup Qualifiers.
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Other nations expected to take part at the competition include hosts Kenya, Uganda, Namibia and South Africa.
The top two teams at the Africa Zone qualifier secure tickets for the next stage of the championships which will feature countries from other continents.
According to Tanzania Cricket Association chief executive officer Zulfikar Rehemtulla, the championships will run from December 11 through to 20 at the University of Dar es Salaam grounds and Annadil Burhani Stadium.
Tanzanian captain Monica Pascal, whose team is already in camp ahead of the qualifiers, has warned the other participants.
“South Africa and Zimbabwe are formidable sides, but we will rise to the challenge and outdo them. Everyone is working very hard in training and this gives me hope that Tanzania will fare impressively in the tournament,” Monica told a local newspaper yesterday.
Zimbabwe were runners-up at the Women’s World Cup qualifiers for the 50 Overs’ format in Kenya in 2010, a result that gave them a ticket to qualify for the next stage of the World Cup Qualifiers that were held in Bangladesh last year.
They were eliminated in the first round after losing all their four qualifying matches.
They lost to Netherlands, Sri Lanka, United States and South Africa.
Zimbabwe’s performance in Bangladesh was in contrast to their performance at the same stage in 2008 when they managed two wins against Scotland and Bermuda before falling by the wayside.
Meanwhile, the countrywide talent identification programme launched by Zimbabwe Cricket this week aimed at drawing women cricket players into the national team will come to a close today.
The programme started on Monday in Mutare before spreading to Masvingo (Tuesday), Bulawayo (Wednesday), Kwekwe (yesterday) and will be concluded at Old Hararians Sports Club in Harare this afternoon.