Tawanda Muyeye is one of those cricketers you will in general hear tales about. From the thousand runs in a season at Eastbourne school that finished with the title of Wisden Schools Cricketer of the Year, to the fantastic third ball six over long-on in his first short-structure game for Kent second XI this week, a clasp that has been doing the rounds on friendly media.Then there’s the story Ransack Ferley, his mentor at Eastbourne, tells about preparing in the indoor school and wrenching the bowling machine up consistently until it came to 99mph as Muyeye serenely ran however his drills, hitting the ball to all spaces, unmindful of the reality he was confronting the robot variant of Shoaib Akhtar. This was a student. Ferley went to bring another educator just to affirm what he was seeing.
Ferley, who played for Kent and Britain Under-19s, portrays himself as “another fatigued ex-genius”, and realizes beyond any doubt his kindred mentors may feign exacerbation. In any case, he is unequivocal in his appraisal: “I truly figure he could be the best part on the planet”.
It is a conscious overstatement, in view of ability, conceivable outcomes and the essential bend of what a 20-year-old can would like to accomplish. What’s more, Muyeye has effectively come all in all a long way.On a freezing Monday morning in the vacant stands at the St Lawrence Ground he sounds reassuringly balanced following a two or three months. Since the beginning of Spring, Muyeye has turned 20, marked an agreement at Kent, made his top of the line debut and – goodness yes – reserved his privilege to stay in the UK supported by the Home Office after a long and restless pause.
“I’m a refuge searcher,” he says. “My family are outcasts, my mum is an evacuee, I’m an exile. This is because of the common liberties infringement in Zimbabwe. However long it goes on I will make some noise about it. I believe it’s actual wrong.
“My mum was political, she upheld the resistance [the Development for Vote based Change]. We needed to venture out from home and come and look for haven as she felt extremely undermined and hazardous.
“Fortunately Britain has been great to us and she has had the option to settle down here. To have the opportunity and live in where you don’t feel undermined, to raise a family here. I’m simply so happy she’s protected and we’re all safe.”Muyeye has been allowed the option to remain inconclusively (“It implies I’m essentially treated as an English resident”) and this is home at this point. “I need to play for Britain. Clearly there is a tremendous sum to learn before it’s a chance. However, that is my aspiration. I need to play Test cricket for Britain.”
Muyeye is very much aware he is the greenest of novice professionals, gaining from noticing any semblance of Zak Crawley (“Times it so well it’s incredible”); Joe Denly (“Something to watch in the nets”) and, obviously, Darren Stevens (“Marvelous. He knows such a huge amount about cricket”).
It will be six years before Muyeye can meet all requirements for Britain. Before then he will confront the typical uncomfortable convergence of clear ability and the progression into pro game, with its intangibles, its trouble levels, its crush. Three weeks prior, he made his top of the line debut against Sussex, with little cricket of any sort behind him. He endured eight balls in the main innings, stuck by Ollie Robinson in a fashionable spell.