By Vivian BANHIRE
Zimbabwe Cricket Team has never been good in the last 20 years but just flashes of brilliance and individuals brilliance.
In the last 20 years we have seen Zimbabwe fall below emerging cricket nations such as Bangladesh, Afghanistan and probably Ireland. There is fear that if the slide continue we may fall below Scotland, Netherlands, PNG, UAE and other emerging nations.
There isn’t much to write home about in terms of grassroots development that points to a change of fortunes in the near future.
Hamilton Masakadza as appointed Head of Cricket Affairs brought joy and relief to many cricket lovers in the country as they expected changes engineered by someone who has played at the highest level for a long period of time, however not much change has been witnessed but we give him benefit of doubt as Corona Virus changed the world of sport.
Grassroots cricket is almost non existent, Schools cricket only for a privileged few, rag tagged Club cricket failing to run for a full season and Franchise Cricket being played for a limited number of days probably to just tick the boxes required for a full nation, all seems gloom and doom for Zimbabwe as a Cricket Nation.
The lowest ever point came in 2018 when Zimbabwe failed to qualify for 2019 Cricket World Cup after agonisingly falling 3 runs short.
I was seated at Castle Corner, the home of Zimbabwe Cricket Supporters Union, the Zimbabwean version of Barmy Army. I saw men crying, real tears and I was so pained that I had to get a bed rest at the makeshift clinic that was at Harare Sports Club before I could go home.
At that point I thought my long, painful and abusive relationship with Zimbabwe Cricket would end for good.
The next series Castle Corner family was at the ground but had deserted the Castle Corner but at the end of the other series, they had returned firmly back to their beloved Castle Corner singing and hoping for another miracle win.
Facts on the ground depict a bleak future but we will always hope for miracles series victories every time Zimbabwe Cricket start a series only for losses to humble us.
We will always hope but we know the hope will kill us one day!