Prosper Utseya

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Prosper Utseya
Personal information
Full nameProsper Utseya
Born (1985-03-26) 26 March 1985 (age 33)
Harare, Zimbabwe
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right arm off break
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap  65) 6 May 2004 v  Sri Lanka
Last Test 10 September 2013 v  Pakistan
ODI debut (cap  81) 20 April 2004 v  Sri Lanka
Last ODI 26 May 2015 v  Pakistan
ODI shirt no. 52
T20I debut (cap  10) 28 November 2006 v  Bangladesh
Last T20I 29 September 2015 v  Pakistan
Domestic team information
2009–present Mountaineers
2006–2009 Easterns
2004–2005 Midlands
2003–2004 Manicaland
2001–2003 Mashonaland
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Runs scored1071,4062,7562,092
Batting average 15.2817.1421.5315.96
Top score4568* 115*68*
Balls bowled7538,40914,28412,058
Wickets 10132217213
Bowling average 41.0046.2829.9940.15
5 wickets in innings 0181
10 wickets in match0020
Best bowling3/605/367/565/36
Catches/stumpings 2/–48/–33/–75/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 10 June 2015

Prosper Utseya (born 26 March 1985 in Harare, Zimbabwe) is a Zimbabwean cricketer, who plays all formats of the game. He was former captain of Zimbabwe from 2006 to 2010. He bowls right-arm off break and is a useful right-hand batsman.

Harare City and Province in Zimbabwe

Harare is the capital and most populous city of Zimbabwe. The city proper has an area of 960.6 km2 (371 mi2) and an estimated population of 1,606,000 in 2009, with 2,800,000 in its metropolitan area in 2006. Situated in north-eastern Zimbabwe in the country's Mashonaland region, Harare is a metropolitan province, which also incorporates the municipalities of Chitungwiza and Epworth. The city sits on a plateau at an elevation of 1,483 metres above sea level and its climate falls into the subtropical highland category.

Zimbabwe republic in southern Africa

Zimbabwe, officially the Republic of Zimbabwe, is a landlocked country located in southern Africa, between the Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers, bordered by South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique. The capital and largest city is Harare. A country of roughly 16 million people, Zimbabwe has 16 official languages, with English, Shona, and Ndebele the most commonly used.

Cricket Team sport played with bats and balls

Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a field at the centre of which is a 20-metre (22-yard) pitch with a wicket at each end, each comprising two bails balanced on three stumps. The batting side scores runs by striking the ball bowled at the wicket with the bat, while the bowling and fielding side tries to prevent this and dismiss each player. Means of dismissal include being bowled, when the ball hits the stumps and dislodges the bails, and by the fielding side catching the ball after it is hit by the bat, but before it hits the ground. When ten players have been dismissed, the innings ends and the teams swap roles. The game is adjudicated by two umpires, aided by a third umpire and match referee in international matches. They communicate with two off-field scorers who record the match's statistical information.


He did not play any form of cricket since 2015.

Early life

Rising from the ranks of township cricket in Harare's Highfield suburb, he attended Churchill School (the cradle of many black Zimbabwean players), thanks to Zimbabwe Cricket Union scholarships. He uses Crown King Sport cricket gear.

Churchill School is a public, day and boarding school for boys aged 12 to 19 located in the Eastlea suburb of Harare, Zimbabwe. The school had the first school pipe band in Zimbabwe and produces cricket players of national and international calibre.

Domestic career

He was a promising talent at school level and made his first-class debut as opener for Mashonaland A at the age of 15. He scored a fifty in a tight situation in just his second Logan Cup match against Manicaland a day before his 16th birthday and soon moved into the Under-19 and Zimbabwe A sides with some notable bowling performances along the way.

The Mashonaland A cricket team was a first-class cricket team representing the Mashonaland province in Zimbabwe. They competed in the Logan Cup from 1997 to 2002, though they did not compete in the 1999–2000 competition. The club played their home matches at the Alexandra Sports Club.

Logan Cup

The Logan Cup is the premier domestic first-class cricket competition in Zimbabwe. The current champions are the Mountaineers.

The Manicaland cricket team was a first-class cricket team representing the Manicaland province in Zimbabwe. They competed in the Logan Cup from 1999 until the format was revamped after the 2004–05 season. The club played their home matches at the Mutare Sports Club.

In 2004, he was moved to Manicaland to strengthen the provincial side there, and was selected for the CFX Academy. He took his first first-class five-wicket haul with figure of 5/32 against Manicaland in October of that year.

The CFX Academy cricket team was a first-class cricket team representing the Zimbabwe's cricket academy in the country's domestic cricket competitions. They competed in the Logan Cup from 1999 until 2002. The club played their home matches at the Country Club, Harare.

But he struggles to take wickets at international level, Utseya is a force to be reckoned with in Zimbabwean domestic cricket. His spin-bowling partnership with Timycen Maruma has resulted in a series of domestic titles, and in 2008-09 his ten-wicket haul helped Easterns clinch a thrilling one-wicket victory in a low-scoring contest against Northerns at Alexandra Sports Club in Harare that secured the Logan Cup. Utseya enjoyed a steady, if unspectacular, domestic season in 2009-10, though his franchise, Mountaineers dominated the first-class scene.

Timycen Maruma is a Zimbabwean international cricketer. Beginning his cricketing career as a leg-spinner, he shifted his role to an all-rounder. In 2008, he scored his maiden first-class half-century (71) against a strong Pakistani representative team.

The Easterns cricket team was a first-class cricket team in Zimbabwe. They competed in the Logan Cup from 2006 to 2009. The club played their home matches at the Mutare Sports Club.

The Northerns cricket team was a first-class cricket team in Zimbabwe. They competed in the Logan Cup from 2006 to 2009. The club mostly played their home matches at the Harare Sports Club, with some hosted at the Alexandra Sports Club.

International career

While his initial place in the national team owed much to the withdrawal of several white players after Heath Streak's dismissal from captaincy, Utseya has more than earned his place since. [1] He continued to hold a place in a weakened national side and took up the captaincy from Terry Duffin in 2006.

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Utseya's bowling during the tour to West Indies in May 2006 where his flight and spin belied his lack of experience and years. He was consistently able to stem the flow of runs in the middle overs, and he provided two of the series highlights and one when he comprehensively beat Brian Lara with successive deliveries in the first match in Trinidad and the other his remarkable diving, juggling boundary catch in the second.

He is the first and joint world record holder for conceding the least number of runs (6 runs) in a T20 International after bowling the complete quota of overs (4 overs is the maximum quota in a T20 match). [2] [3] Utseya tendered his resignation as national captain after the side's disappointing performance at the T20 World Cup in May 2010 saying that he was stepping down in the interest of the team's future development. He led Zimbabwe in 67 one-day internationals, with 20 victories, and all 10 of the Twenty20 internationals the team has played.

Utseya took hat trick against South Africa at Harare Sports Club and became the second Zimbabwean to claim a hat-trick when he dismissed three South African batsmen of consecutive deliveries in the third One-Day International match of the Tri-series in August 2014. Utseya accounted for the wickets of Quinton de Kock, Rilee Rossouw and David Miller. In process, he also took his career best figure and ended innings with figure of 5/36 [4] [5]

Bowling action

In August 2014, Utseya reported for a suspect bowling action following the third ODI against South Africa in Bulawayo. Utseya was the fourth offspinner to have been reported for a suspect action over the last few months others are Sachithra Senanayake, Kane Williamson and Saeed Ajmal. [6]

He was ranked 15th in the ICC ODI Bowling Rankings in September 2006. He has a reputation for being an extremely parsimonious bowler, albeit with less wicket taking prowess. In a Cricinfo article from August 2006, he had the lowest economy rate (3.84) amongst all spinners in the history of ODI cricket. In comparison, the economy rates for Muttiah Muralitharan and Harbhajan Singh at the same time were 3.85 and 4.11 respectively.


Utseya claims that he became a victim of racism during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, and slammed allegations against former Zimbabwe cricketer Alistair Campbell, managing director of Zimbabwe Cricket, over the appointment of an "all-white" coaching staff and administration. He claimed that Campbell had "personal issues" against him, and was thus not included in the starting XI in any of the world cup games, despite being in the squad. [7]

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Preceded by
Terry Duffin
Zimbabwean ODI captain
Succeeded by
Elton Chigumbura