Around The Ground Report: Zimbabwe vs Pakistan 1st Test 2013 - Part 1

Sport | By POVO Correspondent, Editorial | 09 September 2013
PHOTO: © Baynham Goredema

Zimbabwe started the series against Pakistan with a win in the first ODI and near misses in the remainder of the ODIs, of which I feel Zimbabwe were in a good position to win but seemed to lack the big game temperament. During the series there were threats to boycott the matches because of perennial payment issues. In years gone by the ZC board has had the upper hand and intimidated players but this time around the players formed a union and were ready to down tools. They refused to practice. Eventually a compromise was reached and all thats left is to see if ZC will honour their word.

The test was finally played and for three days Zimbabwe had the upper hand but Younis Khan took the game away from Zimbabwe on his way to his fourth double ton. I was impressed by Zimbabwes bowlers who did all they could to stay in the game.

Though we are used to disappointments from ZC, but the fact that the flood lights are still not up is just not acceptable. I am absolutely positive that if they start having day and night games at the ground we are sure to double the number of people coming to the ground which in turn will increase the fan base. While we are on that what ever happened to the Victoria falls cricket stadium that was supposed to have been built? With the UNWTO that recently took place we could have had some matches there as well. Victoria falls will only really be good for exhibition matches and probably attract cricket enthusiasts from Chobe in Botsawana or some from Livingstone Zambia.

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