ICC U19 World Cup 2018: Zimbabwe name 15-member squad

Zimbabwe’s squad for the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2018 has been announced. The limited-overs tournament is scheduled to be held in New Zealand from 13 January to 3 February 2018. Zimbabwe Under-19 head coach Stephen Mangongo unveiled his 15-man squad, captained by Liam Roche, at a press conference held at Harare Sports Club on Friday. Five non-travelling reserves were also named. Mangongo said the final squad was selected following a rigorous two-year programme that included trials, several training camps and tours to Malaysia, Namibia, South Africa, Australia and India by the youth side. Afghanistan qualify for ICC U19 World Cup 2018

“The boys have had a long journey which started with 88 boys from the 10 provinces and the two-year programme has been very intense and rigorous,” he said. “It is an honour to have worked with such kind of boys who cherish and have a dream to eventually represent their nation at the highest level. These boys are living a dream and hopefully in a few years’ time, or a few months’ time, we will see some of them graduating into higher levels of cricket.” Mangongo expressed his gratitude to Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) for giving him the resources he requested to ensure the team would be well prepared for the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup tournament. ICC U19 CWC 2018: AFG, NEP register 2 wins in a row in Asian qualifiers

“As the coach, I would like to thank ZC because this had never happened that an Under-19 side goes through such rigorous preparations,” he said. Zimbabwe finished 10th at the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2016 in Bangladesh, but Mangongo is confident his charges will do much better this time round. “We are definitely looking to ensure we keep improving because these boys eventually must take Zimbabwe to the promised land. It’s not an option for us to go backwards,” he said.

ZIMBABWE SQUAD FOR ICC UNDER-19 CRICKET WORLD CUP

1

Gregory Dollar

2

Donald Mlambo

3

Tanunurwa Makoni

4

Jayden Schadendorf

5

Milton Shumba

6

Alistair Frost

7

Dion Myers

8

Nkosilatu Nunu

9

Jonathan Conolly

10

Wesley Madhevere

11

Kieran Robinson

12

Robert Chimhinya

13

Tinashe Nenhunzi

14

Taun Harrison

15

Liam Roche

Captain

NON-TRAVELLING RESERVES

1

Marshall Takodza

2

Dane Schadendorf

3

Tawanda Muyeye

4

Dion Mazhawidza

5

Struan Moore-Gordon