African regional qualifiers: The Zimbabwean Chevrons face off against the Namibian Eagles.
As Africa watches the ongoing Cricket World Cup in India, it can only unite behind South Africa, the continent’s lone representative. Zimbabwe cricket coach Dave Houghton has suggested that it’s time for Africa to establish its own continental cricket cup.
Zimbabwe is competing with Namibia, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania in the African regional qualifiers for the 2024 T20 World Cup, to be hosted by the West Indies and the USA.
Despite some public criticism of Zimbabwe’s participation in the African regional qualifiers, coach Dave Houghton has defended the decision, arguing that it will strengthen African cricket.
“I’m glad we’re playing in the regional qualifiers, because I’ve been saying for a while that it’s time for Africa to have its own cricket cup, like Europe and Asia. I would love to see an African Cricket Cup with South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, Botswana, and Namibia, among others, before I go to the other side of life,” said Houghton.
Meanwhile, the Zimbabwean government has approved the construction of a 100,000-seater cricket stadium in Victoria Falls. It is believed that the stadium will play a major role in the country’s tourism sector.
Zimbabwe and Namibia are currently facing off in the T20 Castle Lite series, which runs until October 30th..