Under-19 cricket side off to India

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NATIONAL Under-19 cricket team coach Walter Chawaguta hopes his players will draw inspiration from their senior counterparts when they take on cricketing giants Australia, South Africa and hosts India in a Quadrangular series from September 23-October 5.

DANIEL NHAKANISO

The Zimbabwe senior cricket team last week caused one of the biggest upsets in international cricket when they stunned Pakistan in the second Test to level the two-match Test series.

Chawaguta, said he had no doubt that the Under-19 side, which leaves for India today, can cause some upsets in the subcontinent.

“Who would have thought that Zimbabwe would beat Pakistan in a Test match, but that’s cricket for you and we are glad because it came at the right time for the Under-19 team.

“Obviously, I have been using the national senior team’s win to motivate the guys so that they can have the mentality and self-belief that they can beat any team in the world.

“We have done it before in the past at Under-19 level, and I believe at the moment we have quality players in this current team to beat any side,” he said.

Zimbabwe will play the first of their six matches against India on Monday before playing Australia two days later.

Chawaguta and his charges will use the Quadrangular tournament to prepare for next February’s ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Dubai.

The Zimbabwe squad which comprises some emerging talents will be captained by Malcolm Lake, a promising left handed batsman who scored a magnificent century against eventual champions India at the previous edition of the U’19 World Cup in Australia.

Lake is one of the six survivors from last year’s World Cup squad together with Kieran Geyle, vice-captain Luke Jongwe, Cuthbert Musoko and Ryan Burl.

Zimbabwe Under-19 Squad: Joylord Gumbie, Clive Chitumba, Brandon Diplock, Charles Kunje, Jack Myers, Mkululi Nyathi, Sean Handirisi, Luke Jongwe (Vice-captain), Carl Mumba, Cuthbert Musoko, Dylan Nel, Deven Bell, Malcolm Lake (Captain), Ryan Burl, Kieron Geyle