Led by Kelis Ndhlovu, Zimbabwe will be one of the teams to watch out for in the ICC Women's U19 T20 World Cup 2023.
Kelis Ndhlovu (captain), Kelly Ndiraya, Kay Ndiraya, Adel Zimunhu, Natasha Mutomba, Vimbai Mutungwindu, Danielle Meikle, Tawananyasha Marumani, Michelle Mavunga, Olinda Chare, Kudzai Chigora, Betty Mangachena, Chipo Moyo, Faith Ndhlalambi, Rukudzo Mwakayeni.
Players with senior experience: Two
15 January v England at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom
17 January v Rwanda at Absa Puk Oval, Potchefstroom
19 January v Pakistan at Absa Puk Oval, Potchefstroom
Key Player - Kelis Ndhlovu
Zimbabwe will pin high hopes on their captain Kelis Ndhlovu to deliver with both bat and ball and lead them by example at the ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup 2023.
Ndhlovu is one of the two capped Zimbabwe players in the squad and thus the experience of having played for the senior team will bode well for the African nation.
Ndhlovu made her debut in the Capricorn Women's Tri-Series in April 2022 and became the youngest female player to represent Zimbabwe at 16 years and 155 days.
The left-arm orthodox spinner has since gone on to play 15 matches and has bagged as many wickets at an average of 11.46, for the senior team. The 17-year-old also opens the batting and has shown terrific temperament having already accumulated 285 runs at an average of 23.75 in international cricket.
Ndlovu was picked in the squad for the Women's T20 World Cup Qualifier earlier in the year and played a key role in Zimbabwe making the semi-finals. She finished as the leading wicket-taker with 11 scalps at an average of 9.36 while giving away just 5.72 runs an over.
Zimbabwe have left no stone unturned in preparation for the tournament. They recently travelled to India in December and took part in a quadrangular series featuring local teams and emerged victorious with six wins out of eight.
Alongside captain Ndhlovu, a lot will be expected of Michelle Mavunga, the second senior capped player in the squad.
Zimbabwe are placed along with England, Pakistan and Rwanda in Group B of the ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup. Given the tournament format allows three teams to qualify for the Super Six stage, Zimbabwe will be aiming to do so.