Zimbabwe’s Andy Blignaut another in a whole host of former Zimbabwean cricketers returning home to either play or coach cricket. Blignaut is set to return to international cricket after being included in Zimbabwe’s squad for the ICC World Twenty20 in West Indies.
The 31-year-old allrounder was named in the 15-man group released exclusively to The Associated Press on Thursday. Blignaut last played for his country in 2005 before joining a strike by players dissatisfied with their contracts. He was also involved in a dispute with Zimbabwe’s cricket board in 2004 which resulted in the sacking of 15 senior white players.
Blignaut mentioned of a possible comeback in January this year (2010), and after he returned to action in Zimbabwe’s domestic Twenty20 competition and his fitness had been assessed by the Matabeleland Tuskers franchise, who he plays for. In this competition he made 111 runs in four innings at an average of 37.00 and a strike rate of 133.73, including a matchwinning half century on his return to competitive cricket. After this, he was then included in a provisional squad for Zimbabwe’s tour of the West Indies, but didn’t make the final touring party.
The Zimbabwe Squad for the ICC World Twenty20 competition
Prosper Utseya (capt), Brendan Taylor, Charles Coventry, Andy Blignaut, Hamilton Masakadza, Tatenda Taibu (wk), Greg Lamb, Elton Chigumbura, Vusi Sibanda, Ray Price, Graeme Cremer, Chamu Chibhabha, Chris Mpofu, Timycen Maruma and Craig Ervine, Former Zimbabwe under-19 batsman and the younger brother of Hampshire’s Sean Ervine, was called into the national squad for the first time. There is no place for the older Ervine, who is still tied to a contract in English county cricket.
Zimbabwe Cricket Books
Amazon, have a bunch of Zim related cricket books, including “A History of the Rhodesia and Zimbabwe National Sides” by Jonty Winch who traces the history of cricket in this country (Zimbabwe) from the first recorded game played in 1890, through two World Wars and a guerilla war, to the comparative peace of post-independence and eventual world recognition in the 1980s when Zimbabwe was able to send a side to England to take part in the I.C.C. Trophy competition which it won.
There is also the Autobiography of another great Zimbabwean cricket coach Duncan Fletcher “Behind the Shades”
Zimbabwe Cricket Books on Amazon.com
At the moment Amazon UK don’t have as wide selection as the US site, but I have ordered books from the US and had them delivered to the UK with no problems.
Zimbabwe Cricket on Amazon.co.uk