February 11, 2021

The ‘curse’ of the Lady Chevrons

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Brighton Zhawi

The team captain simply posted ‘it never rains’.

It has definitely poured again for the Zimbabwe women’s cricket team.

The Lady Chevrons have been dealt another blow.

It obviously doesn’t get lower than missing out on the ICC Cricket World Cup qualifiers in 2019, but a low is a low.

It might be a curse or simply unfortunate circumstances but the postponement of the One Day and T20 International series against Pakistan after the first One Day game, is heart-breaking for the team.

“It is unfortunate that the Pakistan Women’s team have had to cut short their stay in Zimbabwe as a precautionary move after some unforeseen air travel complications arose, but their concern is understandable,” ZC Managing Director Givemore Makoni said through a ZC statement.

The impact of the covid-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc and as stated by Makoni ‘unforeseen complications’ have affected this tour.

Emirates Airlines announced that it had suspended its Harare-Dubai route flights from 13 to 28 February.

After waiting for two years to play an international game, this is what the Zimbabwe women’s cricket team gets.

A 178 run loss in the first one-day match played at Harare Sports Club.

Zimbabwe had last played in May 2019 when they hosted Namibia as part of their preparation for the Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier in August that year.

Then the ‘curse’ struck.

The Lady Chevrons’ tour of Ireland in June 2019 was cancelled as ZC cited ‘funding and logistical issues’ as the reason.

However, the impasse between the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) and the suspended Zimbabwe Cricket board at that time appeared to be the cause of the cancellation.

A dark day in Zimbabwe Cricket history then followed, on 18 July 2019, when the ICC suspended Zimbabwe.

It meant ICC funding was frozen and representative teams from Zimbabwe could not be allowed to participate in any ICC events while under suspension.

The Lady Chevrons could not participate at the Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier in August 2019.

The women cried.

And two years later their first ever series against Pakistan lasted one match.
A day before the start of this series both teams had agreed to add one more T20 International match to the two scheduled and three one day games.
It’s all history now.

“Nonetheless, we would like to thank the PCB for having in the first place committed to the historic tour which we have no doubt would have been memorable and a massive boost for our women’s game had it not been discontinued.

“We hope to host them again in the near future,” Makoni said.

The Pakistan Cricket Board Chief Executive Wasim Khan said: “It has been a difficult decision considering Zimbabwe Cricket had put in place excellent arrangements for the series.

“But the decision by Emirates Airlines to suspend all flights to and from Harare from 13 February to 28 February has meant that we have to bring the squad back in the next 24 hours.

“We thank Zimbabwe Cricket for their understanding and support, and hope to return at some stage to complete this additional tour.”

Both Zimbabwe and Pakistan were using the now abandoned tour as part of their preparations for the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2021, a 10-team tournament that will be held in June and July.

The top three teams from that qualifying event will progress to the 50-over ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 in New Zealand.

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