The clash of these two teams is set to create a hive of activity in this usually quiet town.
A statement released Friday said the relationship between the two sides was forged when Jason Gillespie, head coach of the Midwest Rhinos and Arjun Menon, head coach for the Botswana Cricket Association Select met briefly in Bulawayo last year in December.
“Our Senior team needs to have more cricket exposure with a top class cricket franchise team and I feel we will get this playing against the Midwest Rhinos,” said Arjun. “Both teams are bound to gain tremendously from this experience giving the Rhinos an opportunity to play some competitive cricket ahead of their PRO40 semi-finals match on the 25th of March against the Mutare based franchise, Mountaineers.”
Kenyon Ziehl, CEO of the Midwest Rhinos remarked, “Midwest Rhinos are excited once again, to be promoting cricket in Zimbabwe. We consider ourselves as setting the standards on how franchise cricket should operate. We certainly hope that these matches will develop into a regular occurrence and forge a strong relationship between us, with both teams moving forward and gaining much experience from each other.”
There are five franchises dotted across the country that constitute a pool of about 150 players in total. With the progression of time, the more exposure the local teams get by playing international sides, the more experienced the players become on the field during international matches.
Midwest Rhinos: Friday Kasteni, Innocent Chikunya (wk), Bothwell Chapungu, Malcolm Waller ©, Rememberence Nyathi, Solomon Mire, Roland Benade, Simon Mugava, Neville Madziva, Taurai Muzarabani, Alex Mahviko, Head Coach: Jason Gillespie
Botswana Cricket Association Select: Karabo Modise, Omar Ali, Akrum Chand, Tshepo Mhozya, Feroze Essack, Mosa Gaolekwe, Segolame Ramatu, Karabo Motlhanka, Waseem Tajbhay, Aslam Chand, Denzil Sequeira, Karan Kapoor, James Moses, Faisal Rana Rasheed, Abdul Patel, Brendon Blamire, Noor Ahmad, Taroesh Trivedi, Kala Rakwadi, Head Coach Arjun Menon