PETERHOUSE Boys School in Marondera will make history by becoming the first local school to host a youth One Day International (ODI) in recent years when it plays host to the second youth ODI between Zimbabwe and the West Indies on Wednesday.
BY DANIEL NHAKANISO
The Zimbabwe Under-19 side, which is preparing for next year’s ICC Under-19 World Cup to be held in New Zealand from January 12 to February 4 next year, will host their West Indies counterparts for three youth ODI matches this month.
While the first and the third youth ODI matches of the series are scheduled for today and July 29 at Harare Sports Club, Peterhouse College will host the second youth ODI on Wednesday, a day after hosting a coaching clinic at the school.
Peterhouse Boys School, which has a rich sporting history, is home to the Cricket Centre of Excellence.
The Cricket Centre of Excellence, which was officially opened in November 2013, is unequalled in Zimbabwe, boasting of 12 international standard grass nets, four astro turf nets, a centre wicket and a worldclass analysis centre.
All the facilities enable both budding and well-established cricketers to develop their skills and techniques under the watchful eye of former Zimbabwe cricket team all-rounder Andy Blignaut, who has been the facility’s director of cricket over the last three years.
Blignaut is assisted by the veteran former Zimbabwe Cricket development coach Ian Tinker.
The Peterhouse Boys School Cricket Centre of Excellence has also recently hosted the Zimbabwe Under-19 cricket camps while the visiting West Indies side is also expected to make use of the worldclass facility during their tour.
The West Indies Under-19s arrived in Harare on Thursday.
Zimbabwe and the West Indies last met in a tense quarterfinal match at the 2016 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup held in Bangladesh in February last year.
West clinched a dramatic two-run over Zimbabwe through a disputed mankad run-out at the start of the final over of the closely fought clash before going all the way to win the ICC Under-19 World Cup title.