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Old 23rd March 2013, 20:29   #41
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http://www.espncricinfo.com/blogs/co...ry/626465.html

This article mentions about Rhodesia competing in the 1970s SA domestic tournament. Only semi-relevant but worth a read.
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Old 26th March 2013, 16:32   #42
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This article mentions about Rhodesia competing in the 1970s SA domestic tournament. Only semi-relevant but worth a read.
I believe Namibia have also played in the lower tier first class system in SA recently too, to mixed results
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Old 27th March 2013, 10:13   #43
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I believe Namibia have also played in the lower tier first class system in SA recently too, to mixed results
I think that is the sort of thing that needs to happen if Zim players are going to learn the type of long game skills to make them competitive. Sri Lanka used to send what was pretty much a test team to England to play against counties from the mid 80s until the early nineties if my memory isn't utterly failing me. They beat England at home after the India tour from hell in 93 and were one day world cup champions in 96 and from then on were a long way from mickey mouse in test cricket. It is unfair to expect similar from Zim but they can go a long way to at least making themselves more of a credible side.
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Old 27th March 2013, 10:57   #44
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I still don't understand why England are not slated to play Zimbabwe at all. Looking at the future tours programme I think they are scheduled to play every Test nation except England going up to 2020. I know there was a boycott before but as they now play everyone else - not to mention several English players going there during the winters - obviously they are no longer ostracised.

Do we have some kind of "get out clause"?
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Old 27th March 2013, 12:06   #45
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I still don't understand why England are not slated to play Zimbabwe at all. Looking at the future tours programme I think they are scheduled to play every Test nation except England going up to 2020. I know there was a boycott before but as they now play everyone else - not to mention several English players going there during the winters - obviously they are no longer ostracised.

Do we have some kind of "get out clause"?
Oh I think we should perhaps play them in limited overs cricket, though they have looked rank in that to be honest. I'm fairly sure that the ECB wouldn't want to host them due to not being able to sell tickets in limited overs games let alone tests. I think that is at least part of the crux of the matter.
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Kyle Jarvis, the recent spearhead of Zimbabwe's bowling attack, has retired from internationals at the age of 24 to play county cricket and tour as a global T20 players. Apparently he has left on good terms with all his colleagues and management staff in Zimbabwe. This comes after a recent pay dispute between the Zimbabwe players and the ZCU (and perhaps yet more political controversy?).
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Old 24th August 2013, 22:45   #47
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Kyle Jarvis, the recent spearhead of Zimbabwe's bowling attack, has retired from internationals at the age of 24 to play county cricket and tour as a global T20 players. Apparently he has left on good terms with all his colleagues and management staff in Zimbabwe. This comes after a recent pay dispute between the Zimbabwe players and the ZCU (and perhaps yet more political controversy?).
What a dismal state of affairs.

Still, Jarvis is a talented swing bowler and certainly deserves the opportunity to get paid for plying his trade. I can see him doing well in county cricket. Good luck to him.
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Old 27th August 2013, 18:09   #48
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Good day for Zimbabwe, beating Pakistan in an ODI today. Cantered home too
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Old 5th September 2013, 09:35   #49
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Pakistan went on to win the 2nd and 3rd ODIs to take the series. The 1st test currently going on in Harare. After bowling out Pakistan for 249 in the 1st innings, Zimbabwe are currently 301/7. This is despite losing Jarvis to county cricket and captain Brendan Taylor to the birth of his child.
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Pakistan went on to win the 2nd and 3rd ODIs to take the series. The 1st test currently going on in Harare. After bowling out Pakistan for 249 in the 1st innings, Zimbabwe are currently 301/7. This is despite losing Jarvis to county cricket and captain Brendan Taylor to the birth of his child.
Good fightback by Pakistan from some usual suspects. Zimbabwe, like Australia, have lost the ability to win.
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Interesting second test with Zimbabwe taking a 64 run lead from the first innings. Is it the case that Pakistan are mediocre or Zimbabwe are on the way up?
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Zimbabwe are on the way up, but Pakistan have the ability to lose to anyone (particularly with an Akmal in the side). I'd still make them favourites though.

These two are the pariahs of international cricket. It's such a shame because they've got some raw talent in there.
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Zimbabwe are on the way up, but Pakistan have the ability to lose to anyone (particularly with an Akmal in the side). I'd still make them favourites though.

These two are the pariahs of international cricket. It's such a shame because they've got some raw talent in there.
Zimbabwe now 175 runs ahead. Strangely, they opened the batting in their 2nd innings with Prosper Utseya, their spinner. He was out for 5 but Mawoyo with an unbeaten 50 has helped build the lead.

Pakistan seem to be able to produce world class quicks year-in year-out, Junaid Khan being the latest example. Their batting is hopeless though and can only get worse once Younis and Misbah quit.
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Al Zims test wins have come against Asian teams, Bangladesh the most, of course. But India and Pak have lost two each so best to find a dodgy Indian bookie there to work out who will win this exciting test.
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Interesting second test with Zimbabwe taking a 64 run lead from the first innings. Is it the case that Pakistan are mediocre or Zimbabwe are on the way up?
Mostly the former. Zim's batting has been patchy with enough to post a few 40s and 50s. Their bowling has little penetration though. For Pakistan to go from 180/3 to 230 ao seems to be of their own doing.
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Good fightback by Pakistan from some usual suspects. Zimbabwe, like Australia, have lost the ability to win.
Interesting thing about the first test was that you could easily argue that for 3.5 days of the match, Zimbabwe were completely on top but they ended up losing by over 200 runs!

Could well be a nail-biter in the second test. Zimbabwe look like they'll set Pakistan somewhere between 250 and 300 depending on how much the tail wags.
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Good finish here - Pakistan need another 120 with 5 wickets.
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Old 14th September 2013, 12:14   #59
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First test win against a major test nation since Flower and co left in 2003 and their subsequent expulsion from the test arena.

Real low point for Pakistan who, bar one innings by Younis, have been pretty much out-played for the rest of the series.
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Nice one zim! Not a lot going well down there but then victory will be a massive boost for them.
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