Gweru Cricket Club launches High Per­for­mance Cen­tre

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Love­more Zi­gara in Gweru

GWERU Cricket Club has launched a High Per­for­mance Cen­tre at Ce­cil John Rhodes Pri­mary School (CJR) in Gweru to be used for nur­tur­ing bud­ding cricketers into pro­fes­sional play­ers.

The cen­tre was launched on Satur­day at an event at­tended by Zim­babwe Cricket (ZC) con­venor of se­lec­tors and for­mer na­tional team skip­per Tatenda Taibu.

A match pit­ting CJR and Lundi Park Pri­mary School pre­ceded the launch of the High Per­for­mance Cen­tre. Lundi Park won the game by 51 runs.

The two schools have been adopted by Gweru Cricket Club as its breed­ing ground for ta­lent. Taibu hailed the ini­tia­tive. “It’s al­ways good to have peo­ple who ini­ti­ate some­thing where we have schools and a club part­ner­ing to bridge the gap in the devel­op­ment of cricket.

“We have had chal­lenges whereby young­sters play cricket at pri­mary school, but when they go to high school there is no cricket and that’s where the club comes in,” said Taibu.

“The young­sters come in and still con­tinue with the game at club level so that we do not lose tal­ented cricketers along the way.

“This is one ini­tia­tive that I can be part of where I can source equip­ment on their be­half from dif­fer­ent coun­tries,” he said.

Taibu said the cricket club is part of the grand plan to have more num­bers play­ing the game to help widen the player se­lec­tion base.

Gweru Cricket Club chair­man John Makubalo said the cen­tre would nur­ture raw ta­lent into pro­fes­sional play­ers.

“The rea­son we came up with this project is be­cause we want to de­velop kids from the grass­roots level. It is easy to teach ba­sics and tech­niques at a ten­der age and there­fore the cen­tre will nur­ture raw ta­lent into pro­fes­sional cricketers and this will ben­e­fit the whole coun­try.

“We want this to be a feeder to the ZC set up,” said Makubalo. — @lavuzi­gara1

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