13 September 2018
PROMISING all-rounder Liam Roche believes the time he will spend playing and coaching cricket in New Zealand will further help develop his game.
Roche was part of the Zimbabwe Cricket squad that played against Pakistan in Bulawayo last July but opted to be involved with cricket in New Zealand.
“Was graced with a wonderful opportunity to play and coach in New Zealand,” Roche told H-Metro.
“This opportunity can only help improve and develop my game in new conditions around the world. New Zealand is a beautiful country and incredible people. I was fortunate enough to tour there earlier this year and absolutely loved it there.”
The 19-year-old has made three ODI appearances for the Chevrons. Prior to the Chevrons call up, Roche had captained Zimbabwe’s Under-19 squad at the Youth World Cup in New Zealand at the start of the year.
Roche is among the youth brigade that is expected to be the torchbearers of Zimbabwe Cricket in the near future. The teenager is hopeful that New Zealand will be a great breeding ground for his talent.
“Looking forward to exploring my options and improving my game to the best I can. Most importantly giving back to the game.
“And helping the young cricketers out there with the experience and knowledge I have gained over the past two years playing in the Under-19 team as well as representing my country two months ago.”
On the domestic scene, Roche turned out for the Eagles where he made an all-round impact in his debut 2017-18 season.
Last season, Roche scored 201 runs in five innings at an average of 50,25 and took five wickets with a very good economy of 4,38.
Asked about his future with Zimbabwean cricket, Roche said:
“Most I can say to that is there is a long journey ahead and will take one step at a time. My main focus now is not only to bring out the best in myself but the cricketers I will be coaching.”