The A-Z of Zimbabwe cricket in 2007Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on December 23, 2007
A - Anthony Ireland retires from international cricket to pursue a county career.
B - Brendan Taylor smashing 60* and earning man of the match to lead Zimbabwe to an unexpected win over Australia.
C - Coaches, Kevin Curran sacked, Robin Brown hired. Brown won his first match in charge against a powerful Australian team.
D - Dave Ellman-Brown, a life president of the Zimbabwe Cricket Union, was not invited to an AGM behind closed doors.
E - Easterns, the dominating team in the 2007 domestic championships.
F - Freedom Takarusenga gave an exclusive interview to brmtaylor.com about life as Zimbabwean cricketer.
G - Government intervention, when Australia were set to tour Zimbabwe for 3 ODI's, the Australian government intervened.
H - Harare Sports Club, the one ground in Zimbabwe where the team can put up a good fight.
I - Injuries to Sean Williams throughout the year meant despite being the countries best First Class batsman, he cannot break into the side.
J - Just scraping through, that was how the fans felt when Zimbabwe had a hard time beating a South African Composite XI.
K - Kasteni was a surprise inclusion in the 2007 World Cup squad. The gamble failed.
L - Leading from the front, Prosper Utseya has taken a 5-fer in the second SuperSport Challenge match, and scored an unbeaten century in the first.
M - Mark Vermeulen, a trial date has finally been set, but all year he has been dominating the club cricket circuit as the Old Hararians captain.
N - National League standards are still low, but the all powerful Takashinga side is becoming better and better
O - Only a matter of time before Zimbabwe are playing Tests again, India in 2008 is the target.
P - Peter Chingoka and Ovias Bvute are again under pressure, facing mismanagement charges from the ICC.
Q - Quotas again becoming an issue, when it was revealed the selectors were forced to choose an 8:3 black to white team.
R - Ray Price makes a surprise return to international cricket after 4 years in England
S - South Africa have been there for Zimbabwe cricket every step of the way, and have tried to allow them access into each of their domestic tournaments.
T - Tatenda Taibu returns to Zimbabwean cricket, and hits a century in his comeback match
U - Upsets against Australia and West Indies silenced many critics.
V - Visa bans, Peter Chingoka had to have special approval to go to an ICC meeting in Europe.
W - Wet weather has kept cricket in Zimbabwe to a minimum in late 2007, with several National League matches affected as well as several West Indies ODI's.
X - "Xperience", the return of several rebels as well as much more cricket being played has given the squad much more international experience.
Y - Young guns haven't been thrown into the deep end this year, with only two debutants in 2007 as opposed to eight in 2006.
Z - ZC have had a reasonably uneventful year, a pleasant change from the debacles of years gone by.