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Chevrons suffer double blow – NewsDay

Craig Ervine

BY Kevin Mapasure
Zimbabwe has lost batting stalwarts, captain Craig Ervine and Sean Williams ahead of their first One Day International against Bangladesh at
Harare Sports Club this morning.

Yesterday, Zimbabwe Cricket confirmed that Ervine, who missed the majority of the Bangladesh innings in their third and final T20 match on Tuesday, will sit out the series.

“Regis Chakabva will captain Zimbabwe in the three-match one-day international (ODI) series against Bangladesh, with regular skipper Craig Ervine sitting out as he looks to fully recuperate from the hamstring and knee niggles that he has been nursing,” ZC said in a statement.

“The hosts will also be without all-rounder Sean Williams who has been granted permission by Zimbabwe Cricket to attend to some personal matters. While the veteran pair is missing out, Takudzwanashe Kaitano and Tarisai Musakanda have been brought in for the ODI series.”

Zimbabwe is also missing the bowling pair of Blessing Muzarabani and Tendai Chatara who got injured in the T20 World Cup qualifiers last month.

Muzarabani will be checked for the India series but he is most likely to travel to Australia for the three Super League One Day Internationals against the hosts.

Chakabva yesterday said that he was honoured to be given the mantle to lead the team against the Tigers.

“It is an honour (to captain Zimbabwe) though it’s unfortunate to lose Craig,” he said.

“It’s an honour and I will cherish the opportunity. I will just try and be myself I have learnt a lot from Craig and the other guys I have seen captaining before. I will not change, I will be my normal but will try to rally the guys as much as I can.”

He said Zimbabwe would continue to play the positive brand of cricket they have been playing since Dave Houghton took over as coach ahead of the World Cup qualifiers that were hosted in Bulawayo.

Zimbabwe defeated Bangladesh 2-1 in the three match T20 series at the same venue sealing their first series win in this format against Bangladesh in thrilling fashion.

“We have been playing some positive and good cricket. We look forward to a good challenge and to be as positive as we have been and the results will take care of themselves. ODIs are a different challenge, you have to play well for longer.  We are looking forward to be as challenging as we can. We have India and Australia to come so in a way, this series is a preparatory one but it’s just as important as the ones that are coming up. We know Bangladesh are a strong side, we look forward to the challenge and we have to put up a big fight.”

Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal said his team would have to be at their best if they were to win against Zimbabwe.

“In the T20s, they played better cricket than us and that’s why they beat us. If we are going to beat them we have to bring our ‘A’ game because they are very strong in their conditions, we have to tick all the boxes to win,” he said.

He said he was leading a young team but he was excited at how they would use the opportunity.

Zimbabwe ODI Squad

Burl Ryan, Chakabva Regis (captain), Evans Bradley, Jongwe Luke, Kaia Innocent, Kaitano Takudzwanashe, Madhevere Wessly, Marumani Tadiwanashe, Masakadza Wellington, Munyonga Tony, Musakanda Tarisai, Ngarava Richard, Nyauchi Victor,
Raza Sikandar and Shumba Milton

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Emirates appoints new Country Manager for Zimbabwe – NewsDay

Talal Al Gergawi

Sydney Kawadza
GLOBAL airline, Emirates, has appointed Talal Al Gergawi as its new country manager for Zimbabwe.

Emirates operates daily flights from Harare via Lusaka to Dubai and has flown approximately a million passengers between Harare and Dubai in more than 6 000 flights since 2012.

The airline, which marked its first decade on the route in February this year, has enjoyed brisk business as a result of increased air travel by Zimbabwean traders scouting for merchandise in one of the world’s biggest trading hubs.

Al Gergawi’s appointment came into effect on August 1, 2022,  will oversee the airline’s overall business in Zimbabwe, including sales and service functions for the airline’s passenger, cargo, management and airport operations, Emirates revealed in  a statement.

“Gergawi served as District Manager – Dhahran & KSA Eastern and will now take over from Mr Nasser Bahlooq.

“He has been with Emirates for seven years serving in several management capacities over the years in Sudan, Cambodia, among other markets,” Emirates said.

 “I’m looking forward to joining the Emirates team in Zimbabwe. These are indeed unprecedented times, but Emirates remains committed to delivering innovative products and services and making travel more convenient and enjoyable for its customers across the globe,”Gergawi said of his appointment.

Emirates also announced developments in its commercial team in the Middle East, Far East, Africa, and West Asia in line with the airline’s continuous expansion and accelerated operations.

“The newly appointed commercial leads will each bring their experiences and skills to lead the airline’s development in their respective markets, including growing the customer base, strengthening existing partnerships and identifying opportunities to forge ones,” the airline said.

The Emirates story started in 1985 when it launched operations with just two aircraft and today, it flies the world’s biggest fleets of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s, offering our customers the comforts of the latest and most efficient wide-body aircraft in the skies.

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India vs Zimbabwe 2022: Squads, Full Schedule, Telecast, And Live Streaming Details – Cricfit

Team India BCCI
Indian cricket team (Photo: BCCI)

India will travel to Zimbabwe for a three-match One-Day International (ODI) series ahead of the Asia Cup 2022. The bilateral series will get underway on August 18. The Harare Sports Club in Harare will host all the games of the series. The all-format cricketers have been rested from the squad, keeping in mind the busy schedule ahead.

Shikhar Dhawan will lead the Men in Blue. The likes of Rahul Tripathi, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Subhman Gill, etc. have all been called up. The series also marks the return of Washington Sundar and Deepak Chahar into the Indian team while Kuldeep Yadav would also look to get a consistent run in the team, having only gotten isolated opportunities of late.

Zimbabwe, meanwhile, have been quite impressive in their recent fixtures. They defeated Bangladesh in both the T20I and ODI series, winning 4 matches out of a total of 6 from the assignment.

India and Zimbabwe last played an ODI cricket match on June 15, 2016. India are in a 12-match winning run in ODIs against Zimbabwe. India last lost to Zimbabwe in an  ODI on June 3, 2010.

India vs Zimbabwe 2022 – Squads

India: Shikhar Dhawan (Captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohd Siraj, Deepak Chahar.

Zimbabwe: Yet to be announced.

Full Schedule

Date Match Details Venue Time (IST)
Aug 18 (Thursday) Zimbabwe vs India, 1st ODI Harare Sports Club, Harare 12:45 PM
Aug 20 (Saturday) Zimbabwe vs India, 2nd ODI Harare Sports Club, Harare 12:45 PM
Aug 22, (Monday) Zimbabwe vs India, 3rd ODI Harare Sports Club, Harare 12:45 PM

Live Streaming Details

The Sony Sports Network has the broadcasting rights for India’s tour fo Zimbabwe. The live streaming of the 3-match ODI series will be available on Sony Liv.

In Zimbabwe, all the matches can be watched on SuperSport TV.

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Beitbridge passport office cuts long trips for residents – Bulawayo24 News

A passport issuing office has been opened in Beitbridge town as the Government presses ahead with plans to decentralise critical services nationwide and most people in the area reckon that with passports readily available a lot of the illegal travel to South Africa will become legal.

Before the new office opened, residents from the district would travel to Gwanda, Bulawayo, Masvingo, Gweru, and Harare to access passport services.

Beitbridge is one of the busiest inland border posts within SADC where up to 15 000 travellers pass through the port on a normal day with numbers rising to 35 000 during peak periods. The district has an estimated 250 000 residents in both the urban and rural components.

The majority of the local people need to move across the border frequently for business and family reunions, with the colonial border splitting a community that stretched along both sides of the Limpopo River.

So most need passports. And among the flood of travellers each day are Zimbabweans based in Eswatini, Lesotho, and South Africa many of whom need to renew their passport upon entering the country, since that is one reason for their travel.

An official at the local passport office who spoke on condition of anonymity said yesterday that they were carrying out a test run pending the official opening of the facility.

“We started a test run last week, this will enable us to fix any teething challenges before the official opening. The response from the community is overwhelming and we have been able to measure up to the task,” said the official.

Residents, and travellers who use the Beitbridge Border Post commended the new dispensation for delivering on its pre-election promises.

Mr Gift Munyai from the Fula area in Beitbridge East constituency some 80km outside the border town said the community was very excited to have a passport office on their doorstep.

He said the opening of the office was a testimony that the Government was serious about fully implementing the devolution concept that seeks to spread services and economic development opportunities to every part of the country.

“The passport office is going to assist us a lot. We really appreciate what the government has done,” said Mr Munyai.

“You will note that, most of the people were resorting to irregular migration (border jumping), not by choice, but due to limited access to such services and now that will be a thing of the past.

In addition, some people previously experienced accommodation challenges while travelling to other towns to apply for passports. Now they will just travel from any part of Beitbridge and access these critical services and return to their homes within a few hours,” said Mr Munyai.

Miss Tracey Shoko of Masera some 60km west of the border town said the opening of a passport office within their reach was a relief to most women. Women had been the hardest hit, especially those involved in cross-border-related activities, and were failing to travel formally due to challenges relating to accessing passports.

A villager from Madaulo area, some 100 km east of Beitbridge, Mr Isaac Mbedzi said,” We are happy with the efforts being made by the government in fixing service delivery challenges.

Travelling from this place to Beitbridge town and another urban area like Harare or Bulawayo had become a headache for many members of the community”.

Ms Sibusisiwe Muleya from the Umzingwane area some 50km along the Beitbridge to Bulawayo road said the availability of a passport office in the area was a motivation for many people to travel formally to other countries.

She said some people would become venerable to abuse after travelling to other countries without valid travel documents.

“I am glad that the improved access to this critical travel document will address some social protection issues the migrants were facing in other countries,” she said.

Mr Zondani Mbedzi of Malungudzi area, some 115km east of the border town, said Government had timeously intervened to minimize cases of border jumping.

He said in some instances people were finding it hard to travel for over 400km to apply for a passport so that they may visit a relative some 20km away south of the Limpopo River.

“We are happy that the Government is fulfilling its promises and it is pleasing to note that they are also rolling out a mobile civil registration programme,” said Mr Mbedzi.

Mrs Bona Shoko of Headman Tsethana area said the improved access to critical services would help minimize the abuse of women who are often taken advantage of by strangers when they seek accommodation after travelling for longer distances to get services

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