GWERU – The Midlands cricket board and Mashonaland West cricket board are set to join forces and build a strong side ahead of the national cricket league that is set to commence amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cricket is one of the low risk sport code that has been given the green light to resume by government, though the Chevrons’ tour of Afghanistan was cancelled due to COVID-19.
The schools’ cricket tournaments have also been shelved for later dates as schools were forced to close because of the ragging COVID-19 pandemic.
The Gweru cricket board has however already resolved that merging is the way to go noting that the move if successful would help budding cricketers gain spotlight at national level.
“We have set and discussed the issue. We think it’s a good way to make our young blood get spotlight and it will also help build a stronger competitive side in the national league,” said board member John Makuwalo.
Locally, six clubs have affiliated and confirmed to compete at provincial level and these are Mbizo, Gweru, Kwekwe, Redcliff, Midlands State University and Kindle.
The tournament will be played in three formats, that is, three rounds will be played in T20 format while three will be player in Pro40 format.
Kwekwe Sports Club, Midlands Christian College and and Mbizo have been tentatively set as the hosting venues.
Meanwhile the 2019/20 champions are set to receive a USD200 prize money.