The Past: Pakistan v Zimbabwe, 3rd Test, December 21, 1998
A long time ago now, the photo above shows Alastair Campbell celebrating Zimbabwe’s first Test series win overseas after the third Test against Pakistan was drawn. Adam Huckle, Neil Johnson, Pommie Mbangwa and Grant Flower look on.
After meeting with David Morgan, the ICC (International Cricket Council) president and chief executive Haroon Lorgat, it looks like Zimbabwe will return to the Test Cricket arena in 2011.
The Zimbabwe Cricket Chairman Peter Chingoka said: “We are developing a strong and competitive domestic competition as a result of the ICC task team’s recommendations.” and are “now looking to make a gradual return to Test cricket after the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011.”
Zimbabwe could possibly play a home Test series against Bangladesh in May 2011 and South Africa have offered to host a one-off Test between the teams each year.
Zim have not played Test match cricket since 2005, after the political upheaval basically destroyed the team leaving it so weakened that Zimbabwe were unable to compete at the highest level. However the recent improvements in both one day and twenty20 cricket have been very noticeable : Zimbabwe have beaten India twice and Sri Lanka once en route to last Wednesday’s triangular series final in Harare, as well as recently beating Australia, Pakistan and the West Indies in twenty20 cricket.
ICC president David Morgan said: “I take great pleasure in the number of smiling faces around Zimbabwe Cricket. It is very comforting for the ICC to observe the improvement and success of the Zimbabwe team in recent months.”
Zimbabwe Play India Today
Just as a reminder that Zimbabwe play India in a twenty20 game today, which you can watch live, details here: Watch Zimbabwe vs India Live
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”
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