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Zimbabwe announce bumper domestic season

Post by zimbofan88 » Mon Dec 05, 2016 6:08 pm

Zimbabwe have announced an extended domestic season, running from December until the end of August, incorporating both club and provincial cricket. The schedule consisted of the Logan Cup (first-class matches) for the four provinces, a forty-over Zimbabwe Premier League, fifty-over List A games for the provinces, two T20 tournament windows and opportunities for the under-19 side to face the provinces.

The second edition of the ZPL was set to kick off the season from December 10. The tournament is run in league format, with no final, and is contested between eight clubs across four cities.

More interest would likely be on the provincial matches, especially after Zimbabwe scrapped the franchise system at the end of last season. The national players would be part of this competition, depending on it for form and fitness ahead of the series against Sri Lanka next June.

Zimbabwe Cricket is anxious to find other opponents to avoid spending more than six months off the international stage. But that is dependent on cash-flow as much as it is on other teams' availability. And it may be that the board has to rely on domestic structures alone to keep the game alive.

To that end, the Logan Cup would feature 12 rounds - each team plays the other four times - from December to May. The 50-over List A tournament in the winter would have the same number of matches. Harare, Bulawayo, Kwekwe and Mutare have been chosen as the venues, however, there has been no confirmation over whether the provincial sides have issued contracts to players yet.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe's head coach Heath Streak, who oversaw their progression into the final of the recently-completed triangular series which featured Sri Lanka and West Indies, is in the UAE completing a Level Three coaching coach at the ICC. According to the Sunday News , Streak footed the bill for the course himself.

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Re: Zimbabwe announce bumper domestic season

Post by Googly » Mon Dec 05, 2016 7:11 pm

Good signs, at last something pro-active. Maybe they should send Prosper to get some genuine papers?

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Re: Zimbabwe announce bumper domestic season

Post by zimfan1 » Mon Dec 05, 2016 7:50 pm

Can anyone on the ground confirm whether this info is correct? sounds very similar to a report about a month ago.

Many thanks!

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Re: Zimbabwe announce bumper domestic season

Post by gargamel » Tue Dec 06, 2016 3:22 am

I have the latest domestic schedule with games set to start this weekend with ZPL on this Sunday and the Logan Cup on the Monday. This is a bit confusing as it means the Provincial players will miss the 3rd round of the ZPL as they will be traveling to play the first class games.
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Re: Zimbabwe announce bumper domestic season

Post by auszim » Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:54 am

My understanding is zpl on 10 december and logan cup is still scheduled for 11 December. Tuskers facebook page has also just posted saying season launch on 11 December for logan cup.

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Re: Zimbabwe announce bumper domestic season

Post by aydee » Tue Dec 06, 2016 11:12 am

They really should publish the fixtures...

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Re: Zimbabwe announce bumper domestic season

Post by zimfan1 » Tue Dec 06, 2016 11:17 am

12 Dec 2016 Matabeleland Tuskers v Mid West Rhinos Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo FC
12 Dec 2016 Mountaineers v Mashonaland Eagles Mutare Sports Club, Mutare FC
05 Jan 2017 Mashonaland Eagles v Mid West Rhinos Harare Sports Club, Harare FC
05 Jan 2017 Mountaineers v Matabeleland Tuskers Mutare Sports Club, Mutare FC
16 Jan 2017 Matabeleland Tuskers v Mashonaland Eagles Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo FC
16 Jan 2017 Mountaineers v Mid West Rhinos Mutare Sports Club, Mutare FC
29 Jan 2017 Mid West Rhinos v Matabeleland Tuskers Kwekwe Sports Club, Kwekwe FC
29 Jan 2017 Mountaineers v Mashonaland Eagles Mutare Sports Club, Mutare FC
09 Feb 2017 Matabeleland Tuskers v Mountaineers Bulawayo Athletic Club, Bulawayo FC
09 Feb 2017 Mid West Rhinos v Mashonaland Eagles Kwekwe Sports Club, Kwekwe FC
21 Feb 2017 Mashonaland Eagles v Matabeleland Tuskers Old Hararians, Harare FC
21 Feb 2017 Mid West Rhinos v Mountaineers Kwekwe Sports Club, Kwekwe FC
03 Mar 2017 Mashonaland Eagles v Matabeleland Tuskers Old Hararians, Harare FC
03 Mar 2017 Mid West Rhinos v Mountaineers Kwekwe Sports Club, Kwekwe FC
27 Mar 2017 Mashonaland Eagles v Mountaineers Harare Sports Club, Harare FC
27 Mar 2017 Mid West Rhinos v Matabeleland Tuskers Kwekwe Sports Club, Kwekwe FC
04 Apr 2017 Matabeleland Tuskers v Mountaineers Bulawayo Athletic Club, Bulawayo FC
04 Apr 2017 Mid West Rhinos v Mashonaland Eagles Kwekwe Sports Club, Kwekwe FC
13 Apr 2017 Mashonaland Eagles v Mid West Rhinos Harare Sports Club, Harare FC
13 Apr 2017 Mountaineers v Matabeleland Tuskers Mutare Sports Club, Mutare FC
27 Apr 2017 Matabeleland Tuskers v Mashonaland Eagles Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo FC
27 Apr 2017 Mountaineers v Mid West Rhinos Mutare Sports Club, Mutare FC
07 May 2017 Mashonaland Eagles v Mountaineers Harare Sports Club, Harare FC
07 May 2017 Matabeleland Tuskers v Mid West Rhinos Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo FC
Future fixtures are copyright of the relevant organising body.

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Re: Zimbabwe announce bumper domestic season

Post by jaybro » Tue Dec 06, 2016 9:53 pm

Is that just the Logan Cup fixtures ??
1.G.Flower 2.B.Taylor 3.M.Goodwin 4.A.Flower 5.D.Houghton 6.N.Johnson 7.T.Taibu 8.P.Strang 9.H.Streak 10.R.Price 11.H.Olonga 12.A.Campbell

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Re: Zimbabwe announce bumper domestic season

Post by Kriterion_BD » Wed Dec 07, 2016 5:31 am

^Yep. 4 rounds of Logan Cup means each team should play 12 FC matches which is a good number. Will there be a final also?
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Re: Zimbabwe announce bumper domestic season

Post by aydee » Wed Dec 07, 2016 8:17 am

Of course, I guess those teams names are wrong now. I was interested to see that on the Tuskers FB page, they now refer to themselves as the Bulawayo Metropolitan Tuskers. Presumably the Eagles are now Harare Met. Midlands Rhinos? Manicaland Mountaineers?

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