Zimbabwe national cricket team

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The Zimbabwean cricket team is a national cricket team representing Zimbabwe. It is administrated by Zimbabwe Cricket (formerly known as the Zimbabwe Cricket Union or ZCU). Zimbabwe was a full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) with Test and One Day International status.


Before Test status

In common with all the other full members of the I.C.C., Zimbabwe had a cricket team before it achieved Test status.

A brief summary of key moments:

  • Rhodesia was represented in the South African tournament, the Currie Cup, between the wars, and then again from 1946.
  • Following independence in 1980, the country began to play more international cricket.
  • On July 21, 1981, Zimbabwe was elected an associate member of the ICC.
  • Zimbabwe then participated in the 1983 cricket World Cup, as well as the 1987 and 1992 events.

Test status

Zimbabwe played its first Test match in 1992 (against India at Harare resulting in a draw), becoming the ninth Test nation.

Zimbabwe's early Test performances were consistently weak, leading to suggestions that they had been granted Test status prematurely. In the one-day arena, however, the team soon became competitive, if not particularly strong. In particular, world respect was gained for their fielding ability. After a series of poor Test performances following the resignation of several senior players, the Zimbabwean team was voluntarily suspended from Test cricket in late 2005 by its cricket board, with ICC encouragement. ...
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