represent the country at the ICC Women’s World Cup qualifiers in Bangladesh in November this year.
ZC women’s cricket co-ordinator Caroline Nyamande said selection was based on players’ form during the just ended inter-franchise tournament at Old Hararians and Sunrise Sports Club last week.
Nyamande said 20 players have been shortlisted and the number will be reduced to 13 after the final selection towards the qualifiers.
“The just-ended inter-franchise tournament provided us with a good platform for the selection as everyone got the chance to prove themselves to the coaches.
“There are only five new players who have made it into the provisional squad apart from the 15 that we had before,” said Nyamande.
The selection event saw the rise of young talents like Ruvarashe Chinyemba from Southern Rocks who finished as best batsman of the tournament with an astonishing 106 runs.
Thandolwenkosi Mlilo of Midwest Rhinos, who emerged as tournament’s best player, is another rookie who has made it into the provisional squad.
Mlilo had 108 runs and six wickets to her credit.
Ruvarashe Chinyemba, Thazmeen Granger, Noreen Tshuma, Audrey Mazvishaya and Privilege Charumbira are the new faces in the provisional squad.
But the squad’s core, however, is built around experienced players like Julia Chibhabha, Charne Meyers, Christabel Chatonzwa and Chipo Mugeri. Zimbabwe and South Africa will be the only two countries representing the continent at the World Cup qualifiers in November after coming up tops in a regional tournament held in Kenya last year.
Julia Chibhabha, Precious Marange, Sharye Saili, Monalisa Chimutashu, Audrey Mazvishaya (Mash Eagles), Sharne Meyers, Tazmeen Granger, Noreen Tshuma (Matebeleland Tuskers), Ashly Ndiraya, Thandolwenkosi Mlilo, Christabel Chatonzwa, Nyasha Guzeni, Sarah Dambanevana, (Midwest Rhinos), Ashly Burdett, Nonhlanhla Nyathi, Sinikiwe Mpofu, Ruvarashe Chinyemba, Privilege Charumbira (Rocks), Chipo Mugeri, Pelagia Mujaja (Mountaineers).