Zimbabwe's Debut Test Playing XI: Where Are They Now?

Debjyoti Bhakta

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Zimbabwe became the ninth full member of International Cricket Council in July 1992. They played their first test on 18 October 1992 against India at Harare.

Most recently, they upset Bangladesh away from home in the first Test of the two-match series being held in Bangladesh. This was their third Test win away from home.

Let us take a look at what the playing XI of Zimbabwe's debut Test are doing at the moment.

#1 David Houghton (C)

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David Houghton was the skipper of this match. He was the first Zimbabwean batsman to score a century in Tests and did it in Zimbabwe's debut test. He continued to score runs in the longer format. He used to lead Zimbabwe from 1992 until 1993 and was succeeded by Andy Flower. He was the fastest Zimbabwean batsman to score 1000 Test runs. He retired on 5 October 1997, when he played his last international match.

He was appointed as the batting coach of Middlesex County Cricket Club from 2014 until 2018. Currently, he is the Head of Cricket appointed by Derbyshire.

#2 Kevin Arnott

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Kevin Arnott had a promising start to his Test career. However, he had a short cricket career of 6 years. He scored his first and only Test century in Zimbabwe's second Test match against New Zealand on November 1 1992. He retired from international cricket on 22 March 1993. He used to work as a lawyer in a firm in Harare.

#3 Grant Flower

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Grant Flower was one of the greatest batsmen Zimbabwe ever produced. He made his international debut in Zimbabwe's debut Test match. He was the first Zimbabwean batsman to score a half-century in Tests. He is the second highest run-scorer for Zimbabwe in both ODIs and Tests.

He retired from international cricket on March 14 2004 and went on to play County Cricket for Essex. He played for Essex till 2010 and returned to his national side to play ODIs against South Africa. Currently, he is working as the batting coach of the Pakistan cricket team.

#4 Alistair Campbell

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Campbell led Zimbabwe twice - from 1996-2000 and 2002-03. He led his team to Zimbabwe's first Test series win in 1998 against Pakistan since their debut. He is the third highest scorer in Tests. He is the first batsman to score a century in Champions Trophy history. Currently, he is a cricket commentator and analyst.

#5 Andrew Pycroft

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Andy Pycroft was known for his evenness in the domestic circuit. However, he cannot bring his consistency to the international level and his international career lasted up to 23 matches, which includes 20 One Day Internationals. He coached the Zimbabwe A side from 2006 until 2008. Currently, he is a part of the Elite Panel of ICC Referees.

#6 Mark Burmester

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Mark Burmester didn't have a remarkable cricket career. He was the first Zimbabwean bowler to pick a wicket in Tests. He played 11 International matches, which includes 8 One Day Internationals. Currently, he is a sales manager in a furniture company.

#7 Andy Flower

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Andy Flower was the finest wicketkeeper-batsman Zimbabwe ever produced. He led Zimbabwe twice - from 1993-96 and 1999-2000. He is the highest run-scorer for Zimbabwe in both ODIs and Tests.

He holds the record of highest score by a wicketkeeper in Tests. He retired from international cricket in March 2003 and went on to play County Cricket for Essex until September 2006. He was the coach of World XI team which toured to Pakistan in September 2017 for three T20I matches.

#8 Gary Crocker

Gary Crocker made his international debut in Zimbabwe's debut Test match along with Grant Flower. He played only 9 International matches, which includes 6 One Day Internationals. He left Zimbabwe due to the country's political and economic problems. He played cricket for Hollywood Cricket Club in Los Angeles, United States of America.

#9 Eddo Brandes

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Eddo Brandes had a quite remarkable career for Zimbabwe. He is also known as 'Chicken George' as he was a chicken farmer previously. He is the first Zimbabwean bowler to pick a hattrick in ODIs. He did it against England on 3 January 1997. Currently, he owns a Tomato farm in Queensland, Australia.

#10 John Traicos

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Traicos is the only player who previously played Tests before the debut Test of Zimbabwe. He used to play for South Africa in 1970 before the Proteas banned due to apartheid. He joined Zimbabwe in 1983 and played till 1993.

He is the first Zimbabwean bowler to pick a five-wicket haul in Tests, where he dismissed Tendulkar, Azharuddin, Raju, Kapil Dev, and Prabhakar. He is currently residing in Perth where he used to work as a legal manager and company secretary for a company.

#11 Malcolm Jarvis

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Malcolm Jarvis was a consistent pacer at the domestic level. However, he cannot bring his consistency to the international level and his international career lasted up to 17 matches, which includes 12 One Day Internationals. Currently, he owns a Malcolm Lodge Guesthouse with his wife in Harare.