Preparations for the hosting of the upcoming cricket world cup qualifiers are on course in Bulawayo with Queens Sports Club set to be closed for renovations.
With Bulawayo set to host five teams at Queens and Bulawayo Athletics Club between March and April next year for the ICC cricket world cup qualifiers, preparations will see the two venues receiving a massive boost in infrastructural development.
Queens Sports Club is set to be closed from the 15th of December till the end of February.
Some of the refurbishment work is set to include a retouch on the spectator area, players’ sitting enclosure, painting of the entire stadium, erection of permanent television camera stands and replacement of old equipment.
Bulawayo Metropolitan Cricket Association administrator Nicholas Nsingo believes the hosting of the qualifiers brings with it a lasting legacy that will be enjoyed by the sport in general.
Queens Sports Club is one of the five venues that will be used for the qualifiers to choose two teams that will join the top eight ICC ODI rankings at the 2019 Cricket World Cup in the United Kingdom.
Some of the countries to take part include West Indies, Afghanistan, Ireland as well as the top four sides from the ICC World Cricket League Championship and top two from the ICC World Cricket League Division 2.
Other venues that the ICC inspected and approved in August include Harare Sports Club, Takashinga in Highfield, Harare, Bulawayo Athletics Club and Kwekwe Sports Club.