Ray Bande Senior Reporter
The Mutare-based Chevrons trio of Tendai “TC” Chatara, Kevin Kasuza and Donald Tiripano are conducting individual physical fitness training after their group sessions were disrupted by the increasing Covid-19 cases in the country.
Cricket, being a less risky sport, was poised for a quick return to action had it not been for the increasing Covid-19 cases.
Results from the recent Covid-19 tests that have been done on Zimbabwean cricket players and coaching staff were negative, thereby giving the entire squad the green light to get down to business at the various grounds across the country.
Therefore in adherence with Covid-19 safety measures that encourage physical distancing, the national squad had been split into small zonal groups for training in their respective provinces.
In Manicaland, provincial coach Farai Chari was in charge, while national women’s team coach, Adam Chifo, was taking care of the Midlands players.
Bulawayo-based players were being overseen by provincial coach, Njabulo Ncube, at Queens Sports Club.
National fielding coach, Shepherd Makunura, was taking Tendai Chisoro through his paces at Masvingo Sports Club.
Harare had the largest number of players and these were split into two groups.
Fourteen of them were training at Harare Sports Club, while 11 were training at Takashinga Cricket Club under fitness trainer Walter Karimanzira, batting coach Stuart Matsikenyeri and bowling coach Douglas Hondo. However, the players and their coaches were recently forced to go back to individual physical work out sessions as the country’s Covid-19 cases are increasing.
Chari confirmed that they had stopped training sessions at Mutare Sports Club.
“With the increasing cases of Covid-19, we had to stop training as a group and stay safe,” he said.