The Cleethorpes Cricket Club are proud to welcome Vusi Sibanda from Zimbabwe for the 2017 cricket season.
Vusi was one of the Zimbabwe youngsters who showed a lot of promise at a very early stage. He made his ODI debut against West Indies in 2003 and reinforced the faith placed on him by scoring a 58 on debut. It did not take a long time for Sibanda to establish himself a an important member of the team. he has been a consistent limited overs player. Sibanda hit his 2nd ODI ton in May 2013 against Bangladesh leading his team to victory over the visitors in the third game of a 3-match ODI series. Although Zimbabwe were not able to go much further in the 2014 World T20, Sibanda was instrumental in hitting a last-ball six to set up a thrilling win against Netherlands in their second game of the tournament.
Cricket is my passion.
Ever since I was a young boy growing up in Zimbabwe, my deepest desire was to play the sport that I love – but, never in my wildest dreams did I ever believe that cricket would turn out to be my career.
I have been extremely fortunate to have spent my professional career on the international arena – I am humbled by the fact that I have played with, and against, some of the greatest names in modern cricket. My fifteen years in international cricket has allowed me to experience many things in life – cricket has given me a lot. I would like to give something back to the game.
Working with Cleethorpes Cricket Club last season, and the season to come, provides me with the perfect opportunity to share all that I have learned and experienced with young players who are eager to learn.
My main goals as a player/coach for Cleethorpes Cricket Club are to:
As a player my hope is not only to be out on the field with the bat in my hands, but to also allow my knowledge and experience to rub off on to the player next to me – which I believe will naturally filter down to all age groups.
In this journey in which I am partaking, I have no doubt that through hard work and combined effort Cleethorpes Cricket Club will soon be able to lift the South Yorkshire League trophy.
During my first stint at Cleethorpes I witnessed a vast amount of natural cricket talent – from the age of 10yrs old upwards. If they are given the correct exposure and with quality time-investment, I foresee many players knocking on doors of first class cricket, and ultimately on the international stage in the near future.
With such a wealth of talent in the club, I am inspired to put as much effort as is necessary into the young players – a task which I am eagerly looking forward to.