By Sinikiwe Marodza
Harare - Zimbabwe is ready to show off their abilities to the world as they take part in the upcoming ICC Under 19 cricket World Cup 2020 scheduled for 17 January to 9 February in South Africa, Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) chairman, Tavengwa Mukuhlani, has said.
Zimbabwe, which is one of the only two countries from Southern Africa taking part in the ICC Under 19 cricket World Cup 2020, is in Group C with Bangladesh, Pakistan and Scotland.
Team Zimbabwe left the country for South Africa on Monday and during a sendoff ceremony in Harare, the ZC chairman outlined that his team was aware of the stiff competition ahead but emphasized they were prepared to make their nation proud.
Mukuhlani also told the team to be confident with their abilities and make not only Zimbabwe but the whole of the African continent proud.
“You are going to play Pakistan, a big name, it doesn’t matter. You are going to play Bangladesh, a big name, it doesn't matter. You are going to play Scotland, it doesn't matter. They must know after this World Cup that there is a captain called Dion Myers who led the Under-19s from Zimbabwe to triumph.
“You can only be Under-19 once, so it’s a lifetime opportunity that you must grab with both hands and use properly.
“You must take pride when you carry the badge. You must take pride when you carry the bird, there are 15 of you out of 14 million people, so you are special. You are very special,” Mukuhlani said.
This year’s edition of the world’s biggest youth cricket showcase marks the 13th edition of the tournament, with South Africa hosting it for the second time.
Sixteen nations from around the world are expected to take part in the prestigious cricket tournament, and they are split into four groups of four countries in each group.
The host nation is in Group D with Afghanistan, Canada, and United Arab Emirates and they are scheduled to open the tournament with a match against Afghanistan.
Defending champions, India are in Group A with Japan, New Zealand and Sri-Lanka, while Australia, England, Nigeria and West Indies are in Group B.
The top two teams from each group will advance to the super league, whilst the bottom two teams from each group will progress to the plate league.