AN ear splitting siren coming from police cars tells other road users, unassuming drivers and pedestrians alike, that something is in the air in the City of Kings.
Suddenly a vendor along Robert Mugabe Street asks which VIP is in town but in a few seconds the question is answered by three police cars with flashing lights escorting a bus carrying the Nepal cricket team making their way back to the hotel after a training session at Queens Sports Club.
In fact, the question should have been: What is in town?
The International Cricket Council World Cup qualifiers are in town with the Chevrons a�� the Zimbabwe national cricket team a�� taking on Nepal, Afghanistan, Hong Kong and Scotland.
Bulawayo cricket followers adore their game.
Cooler boxes stashed with assortment of drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, fill the empty spaces between groups of supporters quenching their thirst and soothing their chanting throats from the first very ball a�� whether Zimbabwe is bowling or batting a�� on Sunday.
There are moments in sport sometimes too good or too cruel not be witnessed live.
With the weather forecast not giving a glimmer of hope for a fortnight of sunny days, the cricket fiesta looks certain to be played and watched in the midst of sporadic downpours.
A rejuvenated Chevrons coached by Heath Streak is the only draw card to attract scores of supporters despite unfavourable weather conditions.
And to top it all, ita��s free entry into all the matches.
There is no bigger prize in a cricketera��s life than the World Cup but for now the Chevrons have their sights and eyes on the ball on making it to the grand stage in England next year.