The Zimbabwe cricket side to represent the country at the Africa T-20 Cup in South Africa is now in camp preparing for the annual competition featuring South African provincial sides and three national sides.

The team assembled for camp on Monday and is set to leave for South Africa on Thursday next week.

Head coach, Douglas Hondo is satisfied with how preparations are progressing, pointing to the importance of the tournament in exposing budding players to top competition.

Tymcen Maruma, Neville Madziva and Peter Moore are the more experienced players in a side dominated by academy players.

The Africa T-20 Cup features 13 South African provincial sides and three national sides; Zimbabwe, Kenya and Namibia.

The sixteen participating teams will be in four pools of four, with the teams from each pool playing all of their matches at one ground across a single weekend.

Zimbabwe open their campaign with an encounter against Kwazulu Natal on 15 September before clashing with Border on the 16th.

The Zimbabwean side will conclude pool matches with a clash against Boland on the 17th.