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Captain Graeme Cremer and his players swapped bats for brooms as the Zimbabwe national cricket team conducted a clean-up exercise in Bulawayo on Wednesday.

Picking litter and scooping mounds of garbage into waste bins while making time to chat to adoring fans, on-lookers and passers-by the street sweeping exercise targeted the city centre s main market area, starting from Joshua MN Nkomo Street, moving along Fifth Avenue, up to George Silundika Street.

Led by Cremer, the players who took part in the exercise included Hamilton Masakadza, Elton Chigumbura, Craig Ervine, Tinotenda Mawoyo, Christopher Mpofu, Sean Williams, Chamunorwa Chibhabha, Donald Tiripano, Malcolm Waller, Sikandar Raza, Brian Chari, Peter Moor, Tendai Chisoro, Tarisai Musakanda and Carl Mumba.

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They were joined by national team head coach Heath Streak, bowling coach Makhaya Ntini and fitness trainer Sean Bell as well as national teams manager Christian Chiketa.

The clean-up initiative is part of the national team s corporate social responsibility programme, which saw them earlier this month donating foodstuffs, toiletries and toys to Matthew Rusike Children s Home in Epworth, Harare.

We came up with this initiative to help keep the City of Bulawayo clean by picking litter and sweeping the streets. We are grateful for the support we receive from all corners of the country and this clean-up exercise is part of our efforts to give back to the community, Cremer said.

He added: Earlier this month, through our corporate social responsibility programme, we also visited Matthew Rusike Children s Home to donate stuff and spend some time with the orphans. We have more initiatives that we will be working on as a team.

The Bulawayo clean-up exercise was made possible thanks to Nemchem Zimbabwe which assisted with brooms, gloves, dust masks and bin liners. Employees from the company also joined in the street sweeping.

Print-Serve also made a generous contribution to the initiative by donating the banner for the campaign, while the printing company s director, Naresh Naik, and some of his staffers were also part of the litter pick.