Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Zimbabwe Cricket secures land to develop new cricket ground in Mutare

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Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) is set to develop a multi-purpose cricket facility in Mutare’s high-density suburb of Dangamvura.

This comes after the national cricket body successfully applied for a piece of land in the Manicaland capital.

ZC and the City of Mutare recently signed a lease agreement for the allocated plot measuring 19 hectares.

The development will include a playing field, practice nets and spectator stands.

Commenting after the lease agreement was signed off, ZC Managing Director Givemore Makoni said: “Cricket thrives on a robust infrastructure that supports the development of talent from grassroots levels to professional leagues.

“We are therefore pleased and excited to have secured a piece of land for the purposes of developing a multi-purpose facility in Mutare that will spur the growth of the game in the city and in the Manicaland province as a whole.”

Zimbabwe will co-host the ICC Under-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup in 2026 and the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in 2027 alongside Namibia and South Africa and the Dangamvura facility will be considered as a possible match or training venue for the global events.

“ZC’s priority is to ensure we have in our country stadiums or facilities that meet the minimum standards set out by the International Cricket Council to host global events,” Makoni said.

“But long after the World Cup tournaments are gone, these facilities will be available for use by local cricket clubs and schools and that will be fantastic for the future of our game.”


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