Zimbabwe Cricket to develop new cricket ground in Mutare


ZIMBABWE Cricket (ZC) has announced plans to construct a multi-purpose cricket stadium in Dangamvura, a high-density suburb of Mutare. The development follows ZC's successful application for a 19-hectare piece of land in Manicaland's provincial capital, in which the former signed a lease agreement with City of Mutare. 

The new facility will feature a playing field, practice nets, and spectator stands. This will be the city's second cricket ground, which already has Mutare Sports Club. 

"Cricket thrives on robust infrastructure that supports the development of talent from grassroots level to professional leagues," said Givemore Makoni, ZC's managing director. 

"We are therefore excited that we secured land for the purposes of developing a multi-purpose facility in Mutare. This will spur the growth of the game in the city and in Manicaland Province as a whole."

Zimbabwe, alongside Namibia and South Africa, will co-host the ICC Under-19 Men's Cricket World Cup in 2026 and the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup in 2027. 

The Dangamvura facility, once completed, will be considered as a potential match or training venue for these global events.

"ZC's priority is to ensure that we have stadia or facilities that meet the minimum standards set by the International Cricket Council to host global events in our country," Makoni added. 

"But long after the World Cup tournaments are gone, these facilities will be available for use by local cricket clubs and schools. That will be fantastic for the future of our game."

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