NATIONAL cricket team Walter Chawaguta will next week name his squads for next month’s Under-19 Quadrangular Series in India and next February’s ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup in Dubai.
The national U-19 team will play six matches against hosts India, Australia and South Africa next month from September 23 to October 5 in preparation for next February’s ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup in Dubai.
Chawaguta, who took over from former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Harris, said he would name his squads after national trials to be held at St Georges College from Tuesday to Friday’s next week.
“We have been preparing with a squad of 46 young players and they will be taking part in national trials from Tuesday to Friday next week at St Georges’ College.
“After the trials we will select a squad of 30 players to prepare for the U-19 Cricket World Cup in Dubai next year and 15 players to take part at the Quadrangular Series in India next month,” the former Zimbabwe senior national team coach said.
Chawaguta said the quadrangular series in India will give his charges a chance to test their level of preparedness ahead of the World Cup.
“Obviously it will be a very good platform for us to measure our level of preparedness for the World Cup, as we will play against very strong sides. I’m sure we will do well as we have a number of experienced players in the side who were part of the previous campaign,” he added.
Chawaguta’s current squad has five players who were part of last year’s squad namely Malcolm Lake, Luke Jongwe, Cuthbert Musoko and Ryan Burl.
Zimbabwe will be hoping for a better display than at the previous edition of the World Cup in Australia where they finished 15 out of 16 teams.
U-19 Quad Series Schedule:
September 23 — Australia v South Africa, India v Zimbabwe
September 25 — Australia v Zimbabwe, India v South Africa
September 27 — Australia v India, Zimbabwe v South Africa
September 29 — Australia v South Africa, India v Zimbabwe
October 1 — Australia v Zimbabwe, India v South Africa
October 3 — Australia v India, Zimbabwe v South Africa
October 5 — Final.