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Zimbabwe Cricket Managing Director Mr Givemore Makoni with T Ten Global Sports Founder and Chairman Mr Nawab Shaji Ul Mulk after announcing the launch of Zimbabwe's new franchise-based T10 tournament, the Zim Afro T10, at a recent media conference held in Harare

Zimbabwe braces for Zim Afro T10: a fusion of sports, music & economic triumph

HARARE – The Zim Cyber City Zim Afro T10 tournament is not just a thrilling spectacle for cricket fans; it holds the potential to bring significant economic benefits to Zimbabwe. As the tournament graces Zimbabwe, it presents a golden opportunity for the country to showcase its hospitality, attract tourists, and boost local businesses.

But that’s not all! The Zim Afro T10 is not just about cricket; it is a fusion of sports and music — a grand celebration of talent and entertainment. As the tournament kicks off in Harare, fans will be treated to an extravaganza of blockbuster cricket and music, creating an atmosphere that is nothing short of magical.

Every evening, the stage will come alive with the scintillating performances of Zimbabwe’s creme de la creme in the music industry. Along with the star-studded lineup of Indian artists on the opening day, each night will feature mesmerizing acts by Zimbabwean artists, bringing the best of local talent to the forefront. From the soulful tunes of Feli Nandi to the captivating rhythms of Jah Prayzah, the Zim Afro T10 promises a diverse musical journey that celebrates the rich cultural heritage of Zimbabwe.

The excitement reaches its zenith on the designated Bulawayo night, where the stage will be set ablaze with the performances of Asaph, Mzoe 7, and Ma9nine, showcasing the unique flavors of Bulawayo’s music scene and adding an extra layer of excitement to the carnival-like atmosphere.

Beyond the boundary ropes, the Zim Cyber City Zim Afro T10 will also be a catalyst for economic growth. With the influx of cricket enthusiasts from around the world, the tourism industry in Zimbabwe will experience a significant boost. Hotels will be abuzz with cricket fans looking for comfortable stays, restaurants will serve up delectable meals to hungry spectators, and transportation services will be in high demand to ensure seamless travel across the city.

Not to mention the job opportunities that the tournament will create for the locals. From event management to security, ticketing to hospitality, and broadcasting to ground staff, there will be a need for a skilled workforce to ensure the smooth running of the tournament. This surge in employment will contribute to the economic well-being of the people of Zimbabwe, elevating their standard of living and fostering a sense of pride in hosting such a prestigious event.

The Zim Afro T10 is not just about the present; it is an investment in the future of Zimbabwean cricket. The exposure to world-class cricket and interaction with international stars will inspire and motivate local players to pursue their dreams and take their talents to new heights. This nurturing of domestic cricket structures holds the promise of unearthing hidden talents from the country and putting them on the path to international recognition.

As the cricketing fraternity unites in Zimbabwe, the presence of iconic players like Eoin Morgan, Yusuf Pathan, Mohammad Hafeez, and Thisara Perera will add a touch of stardom and excitement to the tournament. Their participation will not only draw fans from across the globe but also serve as role models for young cricketers, igniting the fire of aspiration in their hearts.

The Zim Cyber City Zim Afro T10, with its blend of sports, music, and fashion, has raised the bar for cricketing events in Africa. The grand celebration of talent and entertainment will not only leave an indelible mark on the hearts of cricket fans but also create a lasting impact on the economic landscape of Zimbabwe. With the world eagerly watching, let’s embrace this momentous occasion and celebrate the spirit of sport and culture in all its glory.

Zimbabwe Cricket’s Managing Director, Mr. Givemore Makoni, expressed his excitement about the tournament, and rightly so.

The Zim Cyber City Zim Afro T10 has the potential to leave a lasting legacy in Zimbabwe by boosting the economy, creating job opportunities, and nurturing local cricketing talent. With fans eagerly tuning in from across the globe, the tournament is set to become a cricketing carnival in Africa, showcasing the best that the sport has to offer.

So, as the first ball is bowled, let’s celebrate this landmark moment and hope for a thrilling cricketing extravaganza that will make Zimbabwe proud!

Durban Qalandars:

Asif Ali, Mohammed Amir, George Linde, Hazratullah Zazai, Tim Sifert, Sisanda Magala, Hilton Cartwright, Mirza Thahir Baig, Tayab Abbas, Craig Ervin, Tendai Chatara, Brad Evans, Clive Madande, Nick Welch, and Andre Fleture.

CapeTown Samp Army:

Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Shaun Williams, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Maheesh Theekshana, Sheldon Cottrel, Karim Janat, Chamika Karunaratne, Peter Hazlogou, Matthew Breetzke, Richard Ngarava, Zhuwao Cephas, Hamilton Masakadza, Tadshwani Marumani, Tinashe Kamunakewe, Parthiv Patel, Mohamed Irfan, and Stuart Binny.

Harare Hurricanes:

Eoin Morgan headlining the squad. Also on the team are Mohamed Nabi, Evin Lewis, Robin Uthappa, Donovon Ferraira, Shahzawaz Dahani, Duan Jansen, Samit Patel, Kevin Kothegoda, Christopher Mpofu, Regis Chakabva, Luke Jonwe, Brandon Mavuta, Tashinga Mushiwa, Irfan Pathan, Khalid Shah, and S Sreesanth.

Bulawayo Braves:

Sikander Raza, Taskin Ahmed, Ashton Turner, Tymal Mills, Thisara Perera, Ben McDermott, Beau Webster, Patrick Dooley, Kobe Herft, Rayen Burl, Timycen Maruma, Joylord Gumbie, Innocent Kaia, Faraz Akram and Mujeeb Ur Rehaman.

Johannesburg Buffaloes:

Mushfiqur Rahim, Odean Smith, Tom Banton, Yusuf Pathan, Will Smeed, Noor Ahmad, Ravi Bopara, Usman Shinwari, Junior Dala, Blessing Muzarabani, Wellington Masakadza, Wesley Madhevere, Victor Nyauchi, Milton Shumba, Mohamed Hafeez, and Rahul Chopra.