Elton Chigumbura to play for Northamptonshire

Elton Chigumbura

Zimbabwe cricket captain, Elton Chigumbura joins Northants: Chigumbura, who has been in fine form with the bat in the recent triangular tournament against Sri Lanka and India, will be with the club until the end of the 2010 season.

Within hours of arriving at the County Ground, Elton was out in the middle peppering the pavilion roof with huge sixes. He said, “Yeah that’s my other strength! I like to get out there and hit the ball cleanly and time it just right.”

In an interview with the BBC, the 24-year-old Zimbabwean said “It was one of my dreams to play county cricket and finally I’m here,” he also went on to say “It’s come at the right time. I want to show the counties and the world that the guys in Zimbabwe are competitive.”

David Capel the coach of Northamptonshire has said that Elton should express himself and just play what he knows. Chigumbura also said that David Capel has already helped him with some technical stuff, and that he is looking forward to working some more with him.

The former Northants wicketkeeper Rikki Wessels has tipped Zimbabwean Elton Chigumbura to be a success. Wessels, who played with Chigumbura in Zimbabwe, told BBC Radio Northampton: “He’s very talented and he’s immense in the field.
“He’s a very dangerous bowler to left-handed batsman and he can hit the ball a very long way and very hard.”
Chigumbura could make his debut in the Twenty20 match at Leicestershire today – Friday 18th June scheduled to begin at 17:30 local time (16:30 GMT).

You can keep up-to-date with his progress live on CrickInfo or for live cricket commentary, on BBC Radio Northamptonshire via the BBC website here.

Zimbabwe Cricket Books

Amazon, have a bunch of Zim related cricket books, including "Blood, Sweat And Treason" by Henry Olonga, “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”

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Zimbabwe Cricket 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.

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Zimbabwe Cricket on Amazon.co.uk