30 as­pir­ing crick­eters reg­is­ter for DMCI hol­i­day train­ing pro­gramme

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

THIRTY as­pir­ing crick­eters have reg­is­tered for the Dumisani Mankun­zini Cricket Ini­tia­tive (DMCI) hol­i­day cricket train­ing pro­gramme that starts to­day and ends on Mon­day at the Bu­l­awayo Mu­nic­i­pals Sports Club.

The five-day hol­i­day pro­gramme is for young crick­eters be­tween the ages of three and 19, who will get per­son­alised train­ing from DMCI coaches.

DMCI founder and for­mer Mata­bele­land Tuskers and na­tional Un­der-19 leg-spin­ner Dumisani Mankun­zini, who is a holder of a Zim­babwe Cricket Level Two coach­ing cer­tifi­cate, and Free­dom Takarusenga are some of the coaches that will pro­vide train­ing.

The coach­ing clinic should have been held last week, but was post­poned fol­low­ing the death of Mankun­zini’s father, who was buried on Sun­day.

“My father, who en­cour­aged me to set up the DMCI passed away last week and that led to us post­pon­ing our pro­gramme to this week. So far we have 30 kids that have reg­is­tered and we’re ready to roll. Train­ing will start at 9AM and end at 11AM,” said Mankun­zini.

The for­mer Zim­babwe youth in­ter­na­tional said af­ter this pro­gramme, they will em­bark on a scor­ing and um­pir­ing coach­ing clinic at the Bu­l­awayo Mu­nic­i­pals Sports Club.

“Next week on Wed­nes­day we will have a train­ing pro­gramme for um­pir­ing and scor­ing for devel­op­ment coaches we hope will play big roles at grass­roots lev­els. We re­ceived lots of re­quests to or­gan­ise such a pro­gramme fol­low­ing the suc­cess­ful host­ing of the Baines Ju­nior Win­ter Cricket Fes­ti­val,” said Mankun­zini.

Mankun­zini com­ple­ment pro­grammes.

“There are a num­ber of schools with­out cricket coaches and I be­lieve if we can man­age to train a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of peo­ple, they will be key in the devel­op­ment of the sport at grass­roots lev­els. Grasp­ing basics at grass­roots is key to devel­op­ment of cricket and DMCI’s vi­sion is to see all schools in Bu­l­awayo and Mata­bele­land North be­ing coached by qual­i­fied per­son­nel,” Mankun­zini said. —@ZililoR said his Zim­babwe project Cricket’s is meant to devel­op­ment

Dumisani Mankun­zini with young crick­eters

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