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djuice
August 28, 2007, 11:27 PM
Mali tips Zimbabwe for the top

Warren Carne

August 28, 2007



Ray Mali says "it's not a dream" that Zimbabwe can top the ICC ODI table © Getty Images




Ray Mali, the ICC president, believes Zimbabwe will be at the top of the ICC ODI championship table if the current team is allowed to remain intact for the next three years.

Mali told the Zimbabwean Herald on Tuesday: "The programmes that they (ZC) have will, I believe, take cricket far and it has been demonstrated by what we saw over the last three one-day games, especially on Sunday when Zimbabwe was almost there. And I believe these boys - if they are given a chance to play for the next three years as one unit - they will be at the top of world rankings.

"It is not a dream, I believe it can be done. Zimbabwe Cricket will have to continue exposing these boys to higher class, intensive cricket all the time. Zimbabwe Cricket will have my support, they will have the support of ICC with this type of cricket that has been demonstrated over the last few days."

Mali, the former head of the South Africa board, heaped praised on the current ZC leadership, saying they have managed to have a sustained developmental programme that will ensure a constant supply of talent.

"At the same time I am excited by the involvement of schools in the cricket set-up which augurs well for the future because I believe with the participation of schools, from the Under-11 age-group up to the top, it means the future of cricket in this country is guaranteed.

"There will be a constant flow of players going up and the quality of leadership that has been assigned to look after the cricket here is of the highest quality that you can find anywhere in the world. It compares well with what we have in South Africa and other parts of the world."

Mali was in Zimbabwe for a six-day working visit to familiarise himself with the happenings inside Zimbabwean cricket. He returned home yesterday afternoon along with the South African team.

"We live in a world that is governed by the information that is sent out to the various members of the world community. I came out to Zimbabwe simply because I wanted to experience myself what is happening out here. We tend to get conflicting reports about the situation in terms of cricket but the most important motivation for my coming here is that my predecessor Advocate Percy Sonn was here in August last with the CEO of ICC Malcolm Speed.

"At that stage Zimbabwe were busy having a new board in place, trying to set up new cricket structures and at the same time I was here 13 years ago as manager of the South Africa A team.

"Now looking at the facilities that I saw in Bulawayo and Harare, I was quite amazed by the giant strides that Zimbabwe have taken to have facilities that measure up to world standards in terms of playing cricket.

"Now even on the development front I did go to Emakhandeni (Bulawayo) to have a look because, unfortunately, in Africa we have had the unfortunate situation where facilities are wrongly placed.

"You find good, better and more facilities in areas where there are fewer people using them. In South Africa we have facilities that are under-utilised and I am pleased to note that the Zimbabwe Cricket board are busy tackling that serious imbalance to have more facilities in the high-density areas."

battye
September 14, 2007, 07:44 AM
Well, after that win against Australia it doesn't seem like such an outrageous claim. Zimbabwe were awesome!

Puck
September 14, 2007, 01:27 PM
i don't get paid to make statement like that fella raj, which is probably why i don't have to come out with the utter nonsense he did. zimbabwe would remain at the bottom of the pile until their political situation is sorted out and money is invested in proper cricketing infastructure. they had some fantastic white players. they all came from two or three excellent schools. now that these schools are totally run down, the likes of greame hick, flower brothers would get taught outside of the country now. it would take another decade to have talent like that coming through the black schools.

Xavier
September 14, 2007, 04:27 PM
Maybe not n.1... but with talented cricketers rising like Taylor, Chigumbura, Sibanda, Utseya... and Taibu's comeback the future looks bright to them.

Andy-Flower
September 15, 2007, 03:28 AM
Well there might be a lot of reasons why that comment was made...i personally thought he was saying that there would be a Big improvement in Zim cricket. I thought he spoke life into our team and its good for the lads, cuz they now believe in themselves more.

israr
September 15, 2007, 04:55 AM
Ofcourse, but not before we reach there!!!!

Kabir
September 15, 2007, 05:19 AM
Well there might be a lot of reasons why that comment was made...i personally thought he was saying that there would be a Big improvement in Zim cricket. I thought he spoke life into our team and its good for the lads, cuz they now believe in themselves more.

A-F, where have you been man? You kinda disappeared during my early BC days. Hope you didn't completely disappear now, eh? :)

Do we need some BD-Zimbabwe matches to bring you back here? ;)

WarWolf
September 15, 2007, 06:43 AM
Zimbabwe is doing excellent recently. I am a big fan of Taylor and TT. If the current team remains intact for next 3 years, they will reach a new level for sure. But I think Mali went too far with his words. May he was just trying to encourage them.

Anher
September 15, 2007, 06:55 AM
Good luck Zimbabwe on shooting target game. Be careful your strongest Opponents Bangaldesh.

Surfer
September 15, 2007, 11:59 AM
They did well. No1 is a far call and that call belittles their achievement.

shaoun
September 15, 2007, 09:18 PM
i hope zimbabwe becomes a better side. but to be number #1 it wil take mor then just bunch of young talents. their cricket board needs to get their act together.

Rifat
September 16, 2007, 01:07 AM
Well there might be a lot of reasons why that comment was made...i personally thought he was saying that there would be a Big improvement in Zim cricket. I thought he spoke life into our team and its good for the lads, cuz they now believe in themselves more.

are you seriously the legendary cricketer Andy-Flower from Zimbabwe?

Puck
September 16, 2007, 05:41 AM
are you seriously the legendary cricketer Andy-Flower from Zimbabwe?

legendary would be carrying it a little too far. andy flower was indeed their best ever test and one day cricketer. since greame hick never reached the heights playing for england so i'd say flower is the most successful and competetant cricketer from mugabeland.

Baundule
September 16, 2007, 06:30 AM
Pagole ki na bole, seriously neowar kisu nei.

battye
September 19, 2007, 10:22 AM
legendary would be carrying it a little too far. andy flower was indeed their best ever test and one day cricketer.

Andy Flower was once ranked #1 in Test batting ranks. I think he would slot in to the legends category, and certainly so if you asked a Zimbabwean fan.

Puck
September 19, 2007, 10:44 AM
Andy Flower was once ranked #1 in Test batting ranks. I think he would slot in to the legends category, and certainly so if you asked a Zimbabwean fan.


yes, the crucial part is 'when asking a zimbabwean fan'. lots of players have been number one in test rankings. flowers was indeed an excellent player. playing for zimbabwe also meant additional points when rankings are made.