Muzarabani joins Eagles as domestic season roars to life
Blessing Muzarabani is back on the local scene and he will feature for Eagles as an overseas player in Zimbabwe’s 2019/20 domestic season that is set to begin this Thursday.
Eagles are expected to unleash the 23-year-old fast bowler when they face Rhinos in their season-opening Logan Cup match scheduled for 12-15 December at Harare Sports Club.
Muzarabani had played one Test, 18 one-day internationals and six Twenty20 internationals for Zimbabwe, taking 27 wickets across formats, before he put his international career on hold last year to join the English side Northamptonshire on a three-year Kolpak deal.
Now boasting some county cricket experience, his return home will definitely spice up the domestic scene, where he made his first-class debut with Rising Stars in the 2017/18 season.
Muzarabani is the only new face at Eagles who have, however, released wicketkeeper-batsman Richmond Mutumbami to join Mountaineers, while all-rounder Luke Jongwe has returned to Tuskers.
In another interesting development, Zimbabwe internationals Brendan Taylor and Kyle Jarvis have moved from Rhinos to the new side Rangers ahead of the new season.
The duo will provide the youthful Rangers, a team from the Alistair Campbell High Performance Programme, with the much-needed experience in their debut first-class season.
Rhinos, who also no longer have Graeme Cremer, Malcolm Waller, Tarisai Musakanda and Mike Chinouya on their books, will be looking to rebuild their team around PJ Moor, Prince Masvaure, Neville Madziva, Carl Mumba, Brandon Mavuta and Ryan Burl.
Tuskers will once again bank on their seasoned campaigners in Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Christopher Mpofu, Brian Chari and Charles Kunje, with the young guns Ainsley Ndlovu, Milton Shumba, Wesley Madhevere and Ryan Murray expected to boost their quest for glory.
Although they have lost the services of veteran batsmen Hamilton Masakadza and Forster Mutizwa, who both recently retired from playing, Mountaineers will still be a formidable team, with the likes of Timycen Maruma, Roy Kaia, Donald Tiripano, Shingi Masakadza, Tendai Chatara now expected to step up and lead the side.
The defending Logan Cup champions will face Tuskers in their first four-day match of the season starting this Thursday at Old Hararians Sports Club in the capital.
Here are the squads for the 2019/20 domestic season:
Chomunorwa Chibhabha, Elton Chigumbura, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Regis Chakabva, Trevor Garwe, Tapiwa Mufudza, Richard Ngarava, Blessing Muzarabani, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Tony Munyonga, Cephas Zhuwao, Keith Jaure, Faraz Akram, Patrick Mambo, Daniel Jakiel, Cuthbert Musoko, Kuda Munyede, Rugare Magarira, Tawanda Sithole, Kudzai Maunze, Tinashe Nenhunzi
Tinotenda Mawoyo, Kevin Kasuza, Victor Nyauchi, Kudzi Sauramba, Donald Tiripano, Tendai Chatara, Timycen Maruma, Roy Kaia, Wellington Masakadza, Shingirai Masakadza, Innocent Kaia, John Masara, Frank Mazvita, Tinashe Chimbambo, William Mashinge, Vincent Masekesa, Dion Myers, Gary Chirimuuta, Joylord Gumbi, Tinashe Chiora, Definate Mawadzi, Tafadzwa Muzarawetu, Spencer Magodo, Trevor Mutsamba, Baxton Gopito, Brighton Chapungu, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Richmond Mutumbami
Johnathan Campbell, Tinotenda Takodza, Brendan Taylor, Dylan Hondo, Brian Mudzinganyama, Alvin Chiradza, Daniel Zvidzai, Clive Imbayago, Clive Chitumba, Davis Murwendo, Kudakwashe Macheka, Manson Chikowero, Tanunurwa Makoni, Sydney Murombo, Kyle Jarvis, Charlton Tshuma, David Brent
Tafara Chingwara, Walter Matau, Nigel Mupurura, Trevor Gwandu, Remebrance Nyathi, Tashinga Musekiwa, Nyasha Mayavo, Tendai Chisoro, Bothwell Chapungu, Bright Njanji, Neville Madziva, Ronald Masocha, Jameson Chikowero, Carl Mumba, Tanyaradzwa Munyaradzi, Takudzwanashe Kaitano, Trevor Chibvongodze, Nqobile Ndlovu, Wallace Mubaiwa, Prince Masvaure, Bright Matsiwe, Larvet Masunda, Muhammad Hussain Bhola, Brandon Mavuta, Ryan Burl, Josh Mawire, Peter Moor, Mkhululi Nyathi, Herbert Chikomba, Nyasha Dube, Tadana Masike, Kudzanai Chizura
Brian Chari, Nkosana Mpofu, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Charles Kunje, Cunningham Ncube, Shoun Handirisi, Aarsh Jha, Luke Jongwe, Ernest Masuku, Christopher Mpofu, Ainsley Ndlovu, Sheunopa Musekwa, Stephen Dzimbanhete, Talent Dzikiti, Jeffrey Muriyengwe, Sikandar Raza, Jayden Hawukose, Milton Shumba, Wesley Madhevere, Ryan Murray, Prince Kaunda, Arnold Shara, Bright Phiri, Mpokuhle Dube, John Nyumbu