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Full name Edward Charles Rainsford


Born December 14, 1984, Kadoma, Mashonaland


Major teams Zimbabwe, Centrals, Mid West Rhinos, Midlands, Zimbabwe A, Zimbabwe Provinces, Zimbabwe XI


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium


Relation Sister - YB Rainsford

Edward Charles Rainsford

Ed Rainsford is a tall right-arm seamer with the reputation of being one of the quickest bowlers in Zimbabwe. He won early selection for the national squad against Sri Lanka in 2004 when the 'rebel' players withdrew. He played five ODIs during that dispute, but never really made an impression. Zimbabwe's continuing player drain led to his recall to national colours in 2006. He has developed an excellent yorker, which works best with left-handers as his stock delivery swings the ball into them. Rainsford grew up in the Midlands town of Kadoma, and despite attending a minor cricket-playing junior school showed little interest in the game until he was 11, when his father, who had played at school himself, coached him and fired his enthusiasm. One of his older brothers played for Midlands in the early nineties before the Logan Cup acquired first-class status. After five years in the first team at Jameson High in Kadoma, he was so 'hungry' for cricket that he would catch a lift three times a week to Kwekwe, 45 miles away, to practise with the National League club team there. This led to selection for Midlands in the Logan Cup, as well as the Under-19 World Cup team and the CFX Academy in 2004. He performed commendably on the West Indies tour, but still tended to be inconsistent and left early to fulfill a club contract in England. He was less impressive in outings against Bangladesh and an Australian Academy side later in the year. After an outstanding performance in the Logan Cup in 2007, he was troubled by a bad stress fracture in his back, and did not feature in a single game for the national side between March 2007 and November 2008. Since his return to international cricket against Sri Lanka at Harare, Rainsford has struggled for penetration, but remains a potent force at domestic level.


Posted by anccricket on October 27, 2008 at 3:01 PM Comments comments (0)

Full name Keegan Orry Meth


Born February 8, 1988, Bulawayo


Major teams Zimbabwe, Matabeleland Tuskers, Westerns, Zimbabwe A, Zimbabwe Provinces, Zimbabwe Under-19s


Playing role Batsman


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast


Education St John's College, Harare

Keegan Orry Meth

An allrounder who takes the new ball for Matabeleland Tuskers and bats in the lower middler order, Keegan Meth's bowling is his stronger suit and, though he lacks pace, he has the invaluable ability to move the ball both ways through the air. His international debut came at the age of just 18 and though his youthful promise, backed up by some strong performances for the Under-19 side, was clearly in evidence the elevation came too early as Meth was forced to rise rapidly through the ranks because of Zimbabwe's shortage of options. He suffered as a result and was discarded after the 2006 tour of the Caribbean, remaining on the fringes for a while and spending his winters playing club cricket for Phoenix in Ireland.


Meth blossomed under the revamped franchise system, leading Matabeleland Tuskers' attack with increasing proficiency. In 2010-11 he was a key factor in Tuskers' Logan Cup triumph, picking up 54 wickets at 13.31 in the season and almost singlehandedly securing victory over Mountaineers in the final with match figures of 13 for 109. Consistent performances led to a call-up for Zimbabwe's trip to Bangladesh ahead of the 2011 World Cup, but he struggled in unfamiliar conditions and fell out of contention once more. He nevertheless remains one of the most skillful swing bowlers in the country, and in the right conditions would be a valuable asset to Zimbabwe's bowling attack.


Posted by anccricket on October 27, 2008 at 2:58 PM Comments comments (0)

Full name Hamilton Masakadza


Born August 9, 1983, Harare


Major teams Zimbabwe, Easterns (Zimbabwe), Manicaland, Mashonaland, Mountaineers


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm medium


Relation Brother - SW Masakadza

Hamilton Masakadza

Hamilton Masakadza was still a schoolboy at Churchill High School in Harare when he set the record - since beaten by Mohammad Ashraful - of being the youngest batsman ever to score a century on his Test debut, at 17 years and 254 days. This was against West Indies in 2000-01 when, batting at No. 3 instead of his normal opening position, he scored a composed 119 that was largely responsible for Zimbabwe saving the match after conceding a first-innings lead of 216. Earlier in the year he had not only become the youngest Zimbabwean ever to score a first-class century, but also the first black player to do so.


A year later, though, he put his professional cricket career on hold as he began a three-year course at the University of the Free State. Although an agreement was reached that he would still be available for Zimbabwe if required, he could not maintain his form playing against club opposition in South Africa, and the national selectors initially decided to await his return to the country in 2005. But the Rebel crisis led to his early recall in the one-dayers against England where, unsurprisingly, he struggled before registering his maiden ODI fifty in the final game. His return to the Test match team brought mixed results, but he was Zimbabwe's best batsman, technically, on their tour of South Africa, where he showed an application lacking in his team mates. He declined a contract in early 2006, explaining that he preferred to concentrate on his studies in South Africa, but remained in the frame despite that.


After being criticised for not being able to score quickly enough early on in his career, Masakadza's ability in one-day cricket, albeit largely against lesser teams such as Bangladesh and Kenya, has steadily increased and 2009 was a bumper year for him. He scored over 1000 runs in ODIs in the calendar year at an average of 43.48 and a strike rate of 88.08, including scores of 156 and 178 not out in the home series against Kenya, the first time a batsman has made 150 or more twice in the same one-day series. Should Zimbabwe return to Test cricket, Masakadza will be a vital cog at the top of the order.


Posted by anccricket on October 27, 2008 at 2:56 PM Comments comments (0)

Full name Keith Mbusi Dabengwa


Born August 17, 1980, Bulawayo


Major teams Zimbabwe, Africa XI, Matabeleland, Westerns, Zimbabwe Cricket Academy, Zimbabwe XI


Batting style Left-hand bat


Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

Keith Mbusi Dabengwa

A useful allrounder from Matabeleland, Keith Dabengwa is a left-hand batsman and bowls orthodox left-arm spin. He learned his cricket at Baines Junior and Milton High School in Bulawayo, and good league performances earned him a place at the CFX Academy in 2001. Cheerful and unassuming, he nevertheless works very hard at his game, as was shown by his award as the Student of the Year at the Academy. He represented Matabeleland regularly but without creating headlines until hitting a remarkable 161 against Midlands in 2004-05. His developing allround talents earned him a place in the national squad the following season and he made his debut against New Zealand at Bulawayo but struggled to make an impression in a struggling side. Since then, he has represented Zimbabwe regularly in one-day cricket without ever cementing a spot in the side. He was originally a bowler who could bat, and although his flighted spinners, though accurate, have rarely earned him much success, he did take a remarkable seven wickets for just one run in a Logan Cup game in 2007. As a batsman he is usually studied and watchful, but can score quickly when the mood takes him. Originally thought of as a middle to lower-order batsman, he opened the innings for the Matabeleland Tuskers in the latter part of the 2009-10 Logan Cup and found some success, cracking 158 against the Midwest Rhinos in January 2010. Small and slight in build, he is an athletic fielder but is yet to truly fulfill his undoubted allround potential.


Posted by anccricket on October 27, 2008 at 2:54 PM Comments comments (0)

Full name Elton Chigumbura


Born March 14, 1986, Kwekwe, Midlands


Major teams Zimbabwe, Africa XI, Mashonaland A, Mashonaland Eagles, Northamptonshire, Northerns (Zimbabwe), Southern Rocks, Zimbabwe Under-19s


Playing role Allrounder


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Elton Chigumbura

Elton Chigumbura made his first-class debut for Mashonaland in the Logan Cup, aged only 15, in 2002 and has since established himself as Zimbabwe's premier allrounder and captain of the national side. Chigumbura is a product of the ZC development programme and took to the game at Chipembere Primary School in the Highfield township of Harare. A protégé of coach Stephen Mangongo, he won a ZCU scholarship to Churchill High School and represented Zimbabwe in two Under-19 World Cups.


He made a name for himself at this level when he took four wickets in Zimbabwe's unexpected victory over Australia at the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh in 2004. Chigumbura was fast-tracked into the Zimbabwe national side in the absence of the 'rebel' players later that year and despite looking out of his depth on Test debut against Sri Lanka, he appeared a much-improved player by the time of the Champions Trophy five months later where he put in a good allround performance against Sri Lanka, scoring 57 and picking up 3 for 37.


When fit, he is capable of surprising pace despite being forced to sit out much of 2005 after sustaining a stress fracture of the back during the South Africa tour in March of that year. He played as a specialist batsman on the West Indies tour in May 2006 due to his injury, and in the home series against Bangladesh which followed and as his bowling recovered consistent, if unspectacular, performances lead to his inclusion in the squad for the Africa XI v Asia XI games in 2007. Chigumbura acquitted himself admirably in the first match at Bangalore, dominating his 67-run partnership with Shaun Pollock with a combative 40. He also played a vital role in Zimbabwe's victory over Australia at the World Twenty20 in South Africa, removing both openers and rotating the strike well as Zimbabwe squeaked home in the final over.


After a year of middling performances in 2008, Chigumbura came into his own in the home series against Kenya in 2009. He tormented the Kenyan bowlers, smashing consecutive scores of 79, 68, 43 and 36 at a strike rate well above a-run-a-ball, and picking up seven wickets for good measure. He followed that up with a starring allround performance in the first match of the ODI series in Bangladesh, taking three cheap wickets and guiding Zimbabwe home with an unbeaten 60, but could not replicate his form in the remaining games of the series. In March 2010 Chigumbura signed up as Northamptonshire's overseas player for the County Championship and 40-over league.


Still a young man, Chigumbura has a bright future with Zimbabwe cricket if he continues to develop and stays injury free. He took over as captain of the national side after Prosper Utseya's resignation, having already cut his teeth on the role as Mashonaland Eagles' skipper. Probably the hardest-hitting batsman in the current side, he particularly enjoys the lofted drive and is a very good, athletic outfielder.


Posted by anccricket on October 27, 2008 at 2:52 PM Comments comments (0)

Full name Regis Wiriranai Chakabva


Born September 20, 1987, Harare


Major teams Zimbabwe, Mashonaland Eagles, Northerns (Zimbabwe), Zimbabwe A, Zimbabwe Under-19s, Zimbabwe XI


Playing role Wicketkeeper batsman


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm offbreak


Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Regis Wiriranai Chakabva

Regis Chakabva's path in cricket took him through Highfields, Churchill, on to Takashinga, and finally a Twenty20 against Pakistan and an ODI debut against Kenya, and he is regarded as a wicketkeeper of high promise in selection circles. Chakabva represent Zimbabwe Under-19s at the Afro-Asia Under-19 Cup in 2005, but despite the rebel crisis and subsequent player drain, slipped behind Tatenda Taibu, Brendan Taylor, and Alester Maregwede in the national wicketkeeping stakes and has struggled to force his way ahead of them.


With Maregwede concentrating on his batting at the time, Chakabva took up the gloves for Zimbabwe A during the South African Academy's visit in 2007. He kept wicket for Zimbabwe Provinces in the SAA Provincial One-day Challenge in 2008 and also proved one of their most consistent batsmen in the competition as he scored 62, 66, 60 and 118 in consecutive innings against Northerns and Namibia. He gave up the gloves when Taibu returned for the MTN Domestic Championsip, but continued to contribute in the middle order, his 71 taking Zimbabwe to a three-wicket win over the Cape Cobras in the competition.


Despite a disappointing run during the Pakistan Cricket Academy's visit in 2008 he was included in Zimbabwe's squad for their trip to Canada soon afterwards and made his international debut in a Twenty20 against Pakistan at King City. He was anonymous in the match as Zimbabwe lost by seven wickets, a specialist batsman at No. 8, but got another chance during the Kenya Tri-Nation tournament soon afterwards. On his one-day international debut against the hosts he scored 41 down the order as Zimbabwe lost heavily in the third match.


Chakabva had been with Northerns under the old domestic system, and with the re-structuring of Zimbabwe's domestic system, continued as Mashonaland Eagles' wicketkeeper. He continues to remain on the fringes of national selection, and was part of the Zimbabwe XI squad that toured Netherlands and Canada in 2010.


Posted by anccricket on October 27, 2008 at 2:49 PM Comments comments (0)

Full name Tatenda Taibu


Born May 14, 1983, Harare


Major teams Namibia, Zimbabwe, Africa XI, Cape Cobras, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mashonaland, Mashonaland A, Mountaineers, Northerns (Zimbabwe), Southern Rocks


Also known as Tibbly


Playing role Wicketkeeper batsman


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm medium


Fielding position Wicketkeeper


Height 5 ft 5 in


Education Churchill Boys High School


Relation Brother - KJ Taibu

Tatenda Taibu

Barely five foot tall and light on his feet, Tatenda Taibu is a throwback to the traditional style of wicketkeeper, and his importance to Zimbabwean cricket was underlined when he was named as vice-captain for the tour of England in 2003, when only 19 years old. Earmarked as the long-term successor to club colleague Andy Flower, Taibu was plucked from Churchill Boys High School to tour the West Indies in 1999-00, after impressing onlookers with his natural ability. Three months later he was in England, on stand-by at Trent Bridge after injury put Flower's dual role in doubt. He had yet to play domestic first-class cricket at this stage - his debut for Mashonaland had to be put on hold after he turned up at the wrong ground - but he has toured South Africa with the Zimbabwe U-19s, and was one of Zimbabwe's few bright spots in the 2003 World Cup and their tour to England later that year. A promising batsman, albeit with a penchant for cross-batted strokes, he is steadily improving at Test and ODI level.


In April 2004, he was appointed captain of Zimbabwe following the resignation of Heath Streak, and he led a woefully inexperienced by example in the face of repeated heavy defeats. But the pressure began to tell, and by the autumn of 2005 he found himself at the front of another players revolt, this time widely backed and against the general mismanagement of the board. It led to him being villified in the domestic press and threatened by some unsavoury elements connected to the board itself, and in November 2005 he announced his resignation as captain and his retirement from international cricket. Of all the high-profile departures from the game in Zimbabwe, none were felt so deeply as Taibu - a home-grown product, a world-class wicketkeeper-batsman, and the country's first black captain.


After spells in Bangladesh and England, he moved to South Africa later in 2006 and made clear his intention to sit out the four-year qualification to try to play international cricket for them. But it didn't work out, and to more than a few raised eyebrows he reappeared in Zimbabwe colours in mid 2007.


Posted by anccricket on October 27, 2008 at 2:47 PM Comments comments (0)

Full name Raymond William Price


Born June 12, 1976, Salisbury (now Harare)


Major teams Zimbabwe, Mashonaland Country Districts, Mashonaland Eagles, Midlands, Mumbai Indians, Northerns (Zimbabwe), Worcestershire


Playing role Bowler


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

Raymond William Price

A left-arm spinner who takes wickets with guile and aggression rather than massive spin, Ray Price is Zimbabwe's most impressive spinner since Paul Strang. Price has the tenacity and self-belief to compete against the best, winning high praise for his seven wickets in his second Test against Bangladesh at Harare in April 2001, and indeed was first identified as a possible Test specialist for Zimbabwe. He acquitted himself well at Test level, picking up consecutive five-wicket hauls against South Africa and India in 2001-02 and taking 6 for 121 in Australia's first innings at Sydney in October 2003.


He almost bowled Zimbabwe to a remarkable victory in the first Test against West Indies in November of the same year, but was denied by the obdurate pair of Ridley Jacobs and Fidel Edwards. The 19 wickets he picked up in the two Tests against West Indies capped a superb year for Price in 2003-04, during which he took 33 wickets at 22.42 in five Tests against Australia, West Indies and Bangladesh, including three five-fors. But just as he established himself, he threw in his lot with Heath Streak and the rebel cricketers and found himself ostracised, and then went to England to resume his career, signing for Worcestershire in August 2004.


After three-and-a-half seasons, and in spite of his excellence in the one-day format, he rejected a new contract with Worcestershire for 2008. In November, he came out of exile after Zimbabwe Cricket offered him a new contract for their series against the West Indies. Since then, Price has established himself as a canny and economical bowler in one-day cricket. In 2009, he picked up 44 wickets in the format at 20.61 and ascended to second in the ICC one-day bowling rankings. A dogged batsman, he used to open the innings for Midlands in Zimbabwean domestic cricket, but has since settled into a far more suitable lower order role.


Price suffers from partial deafness owing to the effects of meningitis as a youngster. He is a trained installer of refrigeration and air-conditioning units. He is a handy golfer, but his uncle, Nick, is one of world's best: he won the British Open in 1994.


Posted by anccricket on October 27, 2008 at 2:44 PM Comments comments (0)

Full name Grant William Flower


Born December 20, 1970, Salisbury (now Harare)


Major teams Zimbabwe, Cheshire, Essex, Essex 2nd XI, Leicestershire, Marylebone Cricket Club, Mashonaland, Mashonaland A, Mashonaland Eagles, Mashonaland Under-24s, Young Mashonaland


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox


Other Coach


Height 5 ft 10 in


Education St George's College, Harare


Relation Brother - A Flower

Grant William Flower

The younger brother of Andy Flower, Grant was an experienced top-order batsman who began his career as an opener but then slipped down to No. 6 after success there in one-day internationals. Grant had the stubborn temperament needed to play long innings, but was also a powerful hitter when required. He was also a brilliant fielder anywhere close to the wicket, and a handy left-arm spinner at one-day level, although his bowling action was questioned occasionally.


After an impressive start to international cricket, including 82 on his debut against India in October 1992 and an unbeaten double-hundred in Zimbabwe's first ever Test win, his average in both forms of the game gradually crept down. Asked to open the batting on the 2003 England tour after his brother Andy's retirement, he failed to lead his side out of trouble, except for a matchwinning 96 not out at Trent Bridge in the NatWest Series. A broken thumb ruled him out of the 2003-04 Australian tour, meaning that for the first time in 15 years, the name `Flower' would not be on a full Zimbabwe team scoresheet.


He emerged during the dispute between the Zimbabwe board and the rebel players as spokesman for the latter, speaking his mind with courage. An introverted but amiable character, he is a fitness fanatic and spends hours in the gym. In 2004 he announced his retirement from international cricket, although that had already in effect been sealed by the dispute between the rebels and the ZCU, and signed a contract with Essex, where Andy had already established himself.


Flower spent six successful seasons with Essex, guiding the club to victory in the Friends Provident Trophy in 2008 and playing a key role in the claiming of the NatWest Pro40 Division Two title in 2009. He enjoyed a productive limited-overs season in 2010 with 527 runs at 65.87, but couldn't quite help his side to any silverware as they crashed out in the semi-finals of both the 40-over and Twenty20 competitions. In a remarkable turn-around in his relations with ZC, Flower returned to Zimbabwe and took up the post of batting coach of the national side after his final season with Essex in October 2010. He made an international comeback too, playing two ODIs against South Africa, but with limited success, and also returned to domestic cricket in Zimbabwe, captaining Mashonaland Eagles to the domestic Twenty20 title in 2010-11. It appeared a final World Cup hurrah might be on the cards, but Flower bowed out of competitive cricket before Zimbabwe's trip to Bangladesh in November 2010 and turned his full attention to coaching.


Posted by anccricket on October 27, 2008 at 2:42 PM Comments comments (0)

Full name Alexander Graeme Cremer


Born September 19, 1986, Harare


Major teams Zimbabwe, Mid West Rhinos, Northerns (Zimbabwe), Zimbabwe A, Zimbabwe Board XI, Zimbabwe Select XI, Zimbabwe Under-19s


Playing role Bowler


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Legbreak googly



Alexander Graeme Cremer

Graeme Cremer has chosen the hardest form of the game to master but his legspin showed enough promise to get him into the Zimbabwe side at 18 years old, after just six first-class matches. His selection at such a young age was entirely due to the exits of Paul Strang and Andy Whittall, and Ray Price's international hiatus, but it still takes some guts for a youngster to stand-up at Test level, and his debut series against Bangladesh provided a glimpse of his talent. He claimed six wickets in the two Tests but his next experience, against South Africa, was a much sterner challenge and he was viciously dealt with by Graeme Smith, AB de Villers and Jacques Kallis. He was on a hiding to nothing but such was the ferocity of the assault one felt for his state of mind, although to his credit he eventually dismissed all three. Zimbabwe's involvement in Test cricket was suspended soon afterward, and Cremer had to wait four years for another chance in the national side, eventually making his one-day debut against Kenya at Mombasa in January 2009. He picked up 15 wickets in that series, establishing a place in the Zimbabwe one-day outfit, and in his first year in the side took 32 wickets at an average of 22.15, although all but one of those wickets came against Bangladesh and Kenya. Cremer has potential with the bat, as is evidenced by his first-class high score of 171 not out, and is edging toward 200 first-class wickets. He plays for the Midwest Rhinos in the Zimbabwean domestic system.