The government has pledged to throw its full weight behind Zimbabwe’s bid to qualify for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia next year.

The undertaking was made by the Acting Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, Hon. Kazembe Kazembe in his address at an event held at Harare Sports Club this Wednesday.

The event was arranged to present the Zimbabwe women’s team to the sports ministry following the side’s recent ICC Women’s Qualifier Africa 2019 conquest.

Winning the regional tournament has earned Zimbabwe a place at the global qualifier that will be staged in Scotland in August and September this year, being the last qualifying stage for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020.

“You have done us proud and . . . on behalf of the government and Minister Kirsty Coventry, who is on leave, we want to congratulate you and wish you well as you represent our country,” said Hon. Kazembe.

The minister said he was confident the ladies will do well in Scotland and pledged full government support as the team bids for a ticket to the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.

“We know you are going to do well and we are going to do our best to give you all the support you need,” he said.

Zimbabwe women’s captain, Mary-Anne Musonda introduced her team to the minister and his delegation, which included Dr Benson Dube, the Chief Principal in the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation; as well as the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) Director-General, Mr Prince Mupazviriho.

Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) Chairperson, Mr Tavengwa Mukuhlani hailed the ministry and the SRC for support.

“Thank you, Ministry of Sport and the SRC, for the great support that we get from you. As I have always said, we are mere custodians of cricket and all national teams are national assets. Our business as national associations, in particular as cricket, is to make you look good and I believe in that endeavour we have done it well and we will continue to do it. We will continue to be the flag bearers and good ambassadors of our country and the sports industry,” he said.

Mr Mukuhlani also backed the women’s team to do well at the global qualifying tournament in Scotland.