Can Chevrons woo back Muyeye?

Fitzgerald Munyoro

For a 22-year-old, Tawanda Muyeye cricketing acumen far defies his age.

The Zimbabwean born batsman and bowler has taken the English county cricket scene by storm.

Ever since he left Zimbabwe for the United Kingdom at the age of 14, Muyeye’s star has only become brighter with each passing inning.

His story starts off at Peterhouse Boys School where he distinguished himself as a pupil endowed with natural athletic gifts, captaining both the school’s cricket and rugby teams.

It was no surprise that he eventually received a call up and captained the Zimbabwe national side at under-13 and under-16 level, as well as playing rugby for the national under-14 side.

Muyeye was named as a reserve in the Zimbabwean squad for the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup at the age of 15.

Eventually he decided to focus on the bat and the ball as his sport of choice.

In a bid to be closer to his mother who resides in the United Kingdom Muyeye decided to apply to several UK schools for a cricket scholarship.

Eastborne College answered the call and that is probably the best decision the institution has made.

Whilst at Eastbourne College Muyeye grew from strength to strength on the crease.

At Eastbourne he was under the tutelage by former professionals Rob Ferley, James Tredwell and Andy Hodd and the wisdom imparted on the young Muyeye manifested itself in brilliant performances on the pitch.

In his debut season, Muyeye came out flying as he scored 1,112 runs and hit 56 sixes, setting new records for the school.

The Peterhouse alumni average of at an average of 69.50 for the season, was the third best in the whole of England.

It came to the surprise of none when he was named the 2019 Young Wisden Schools Cricketer of the Year, the highest accolade that can be bestowed on a young cricketer in the British sports system.

Current England national team players such as Joe Bairstow have also won the accolade during their formative years.

Early last year, Muyeye was signed by county cricket club Kent where he is currently operating as a middle order batsman.

However, Muyeye has shared news that will likely not be received with pleasure in Zimbabwe.

Speaking to British media, Muyeye made it clear that he intends to play for England.

“I want to play for England. Obviously there is a huge amount to learn before it’s a possibility. But that’s my ambition. I want to play Test cricket for England,” says Muyeye.

He will only be eligible to turn out for England in 2027.

Zimbabwe can try to use that window of opportunity to lure him back into the national fold.

The national side has been experiencing batting woes for over a decade with inconsistent performances hampering the Chevrons form throughout the years.

A shaky top order and overreliance on seasoned hands such as Sikandar Raza and Sean Williams have exposed the lack of new batting firepower within the Chevron ranks.

A player with the natural ability and potential such as Muyeye would go a long way in bolstering the Chevrons batting line up.

Beyond that, luring such a high profile player would be a statement of intent with an exclamation by the national cricket authority.   

It could help in enticing other young and talented cricketers in the diaspora to recommit to representing Zimbabwe.

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