HARARE – Bulawayo mayor David Coltart, who is a former Zimbabwean Sports Minister, has bemoaned his city’s continuous omission from hosting international cricket matches after all five T20I games against India in July have been scheduled for Harare.

Zimbabwe (ZC) last week announced it will host the Asian and world cricket giants in Harare, yet another series to be staged in the capital city alone.

Bulawayo, the country’s second largest city, last tasted international cricket when Zimbabwe hosted a qualification tournament of the 50-over World Cup mid-last year.

This prompted Coltart to react on a ZC Facebook post announcing the series: “But why only in Harare?”

Bulawayo-born Coltart, a huge sports fan, has lived in his hometown for all his life and is a regular spectator at international cricket and rugby matches when the city gets its chance to host.

Zimbabwe’s former Minister of Sport and Education David Coltart (L) poses with Zimbabwe supporters during the first day of the second test in a series of two matches, where New Zealand leads hosts Zimbabwe 1-0, at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo, on August 6, 2016. / AFP / JEKESAI NJIKIZANA (Photo credit should read JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP via Getty Images)

Lawyer and prominent opposition politician Coltart was Zimbabwe’s Minister of Sports during the country’s inclusive government between 2013 and 2018. He was elected mayor of Bulawayo following last August’s general elections in the Southern African country.


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