MOUNTAINEERS franchise cricket club head coach Gary Brent is sweating over the absence of his opening batsman Hamilton Masakadza ahead of the side’s Twenty20 (T20) final against Mashonaland Eagles next week.
Report by Kenneth Nyangani
Zimbabwe’s top order batsman Masakadza left the country recently for Bangladesh to take part in that country’s premier T20 tournament with Sylhet Royals.
Mountaineers now have the T20 as their only hope after ending the Pro50 competition on fourth position behind eventual winners Eagles and also found the Logan Cup tough.
The Mutare side can however, find relief in that Eagles stars have not been in good form for the past weeks with Sikandar Raza and Forster Mtizwa struggling with the bat.
Brent told Standardsport that he was hoping to win the T20 title although he indicated that it would not be a stroll in the park.
“Yes, we will definitely miss Masakadza in the T20 final, he is one of our pillars of strength. When we won the T20 tournament last season he played a crucial role. But anyway, we will be looking forward to defend the title despite his absence and I think in our camp we have players who can rise to the occasion,” Brent said.
“All-rounder Donald Tiripano and youngster Kevin Kasuza are some of the players expected to fill the void left by Masakadza.