THE Matabeleland Tuskers Cricket Franchise will retain the majority of players that did duty for the team last season in the upcoming 2016/ 17 domestic season expected to start later this month.
Heads of the four franchises a��Matabeleland Tuskers, Mashonaland Eagles, Mountaineers and Midwest Rhinos were supposed to meet Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) for a pre-season meeting last week but the meeting was deferred because of the Pakistan A tour of Zimbabwe.
The visitors played unofficial One Day International matches against Zimbabwe A in Harare and were expected to play two unofficial Test matches in Bulawayo.
The first unofficial Test match is scheduled for Bulawayo from Sunday to Wednesday while the second will be played from 15 to 18 October.
Speaking on the state of preparedness of the Matabeleland Tuskers Cricket Franchise ahead of the new season, chief executive officer Stanley Staddon said 95 percent of the players from last season would be retained.
a�?We are looking at retaining at least 95 percent of the players we had last season, the major changes that will be made are a few youngsters that we want to introduce into the team. Ita��s now policy that at least one Under-19 player must be included in every match so we will infuse new blood into the team,a�? said Staddon.
The final list of the Matabeleland Tuskers Cricket Franchise squad will be announced after the pre-season meeting that will be held when the Pakistan A series ends.
a�?As soon as the dates for the new season are announced, we will also make available the final squad for Mata��land Tuskers,a�? he said.
Players that are likely to be retained from last season:
Tawanda Mupariwa, Deven Bell, Kyle Bowie, Steve Chimhamhiwa, Stephen Cunningham, Keith Dabengwa, Shoun Handirisi, Mbekezeli Mabuza, Francis Mayebe, Thabo Mboyi, Chris Mpofu, Nkosana Mpofu, Bonaparte Mujuru, Taffy Mupariwa, Cunningham Ncube, John Nyumbu.