By Sports Reporter
ZIMBABWE will earn automatic qualification for the 2022 ICC Under-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup by virtue of their 11th place finish in the previous edition held early this year in South Africa.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday announced the rescheduled qualification pathway to the ICC Under 19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2022 in the West Indies, where 33 teams will compete for five World Cup spots.
The 14th edition of the event which takes place in the West Indies in early 2022 will involve Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe by virtue of their top 11 finish in the 2020 edition.
The remaining five spots will be determined by regional qualification. Qualification for the 2022 edition of the U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup was delayed by a year due to Covid-19.
Zimbabwe finished 11th out of 16 teams at the previous World Cup.
Although the Prosper Utseya coached side failed to challenge for top honours, they still managed to leave a mark by producing the tournament’s highest score of 354 for eight against Scotland in the 11th Place Play-Off.
There were also some brilliant individual performances with top order batsman Tadiwa Marumani finishing as the tournament’s fourth highest scorer with 257 runs in six innings while 16-year-old batsman Emmanuel Bawa was the seventh highest run-getter with 239 runs including a century in five innings.
Milton Shumba was 11th with 205 runs.
Allrounder Wesley Madhevere recently broke into the senior national team where he has established himself into a regular in the side.
Wicketkeeper batsman Dane Schadendorf, who was part of the youth team was last week set to be signed by English county cricket side Nottinghamshire on a two-year contract.
The 18-year-old Schadendorf became an internet sensation in the warm-up matches ahead of the World tournament, after his brilliant legside stumping against New Zealand that earned him comparisons with the Indian great MS Dhoni.