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|Full name||Douglas Tafadzwa Hondo|
7 July 1979 |
|Batting style||Right hand|
|Bowling style||Right-arm fast-medium|
|Test debut (cap 54)||7 September 2001 v South Africa|
|Last Test||14 January 2005 v Bangladesh|
|ODI debut (cap 66)||3 October 2001 v England|
|Last ODI||29 January 2005 v Bangladesh|
|Domestic team information|
|2000/01||Midlands cricket team|
|Source: ESPNcricinfo, 10 March 2013|
Hondo was first introduced to cricket at primary school, his elder brother being the first in the family to take up the game. Hondo and his brother were under the guidance of Peter Sharples, a pioneer of taking cricket into the townships, or "high-density suburbs" as they are known in Zimbabwe. He coached the Queensdale Primary School team which consisted mainly of players who had no family background in the game due to the Rhodesian racist policies. Hondo was captain of the team in grades 6 and 7, opening the batting and the bowling. Like Tatenda Taibu and his mates, he attended Churchill School. He excelled, first as U15 captain and then in the full team, including taking 7–10 versus Gateway High School and scoring 121 versus Hillcrest. Hondo made the Mashonaland U 13 team and then the national U15 team. A back injury put Hondo out of U19 contention for a year but he made the CFX academy in 2000.
When he had finished at the academy he was placed with the Midlands team in Kwekwe. Hondo was plagued by bad form, taking only 11 wickets at more than 50. Despite this he was, surprisingly, called up for the first Test versus South Africa. Hondo assumed he was to be a net bowler but he was bowling well in the nets and then the first choice, Brighton Watambwa, was injured and Hondo made his debut. He did not bowl well, in a poor team performance, and South Africa scored 600–3 decl., Hondo taking the wicket of Gary Kirsten for 212. Hondo acquitted himself well with the bat, playing supportive innings to Andy Flower's pair of centuries, but was dismissed in the second innings with Flower stranded on 199*.
Dropped for the second Test, Hondo did play two ODIs against England but he was very inaccurate. Not wanted for the tours, Hondo was sent to play club cricket in Adelaide with Stuart Matsikenyeri. Here, he worked on his accuracy and was rewarded by being called up to the squad in India for the five-match ODI series. He did not play in the first two games but in the third he took three wickets,(Dinesh Mongia, Saurav Ganguly and VVS Laxman) and, along with Pommie Mbangwa, reduced India to 51–4. Hondo took the last wicket and Zimbabwe went on to win, with Hondo named as man of the match. In the ICC Champions Trophy in 2002, he had another excellent performance against India at R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo where he rattled the Indian top order by taking the wickets of Saurav Ganguly, Dinesh Mongia, Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh and reduced them to 5/87. However, India recovered well thanks to century from Kaif (111 not out) and 71 from Dravid and won the match by 14 runs. Four days later, in his next match he had the bowling figure of 4/45 against England in the same tournament.
Hondo toured England in 2003 but did not do well.
A series of back and hamstring injuries mean he has not played international cricket since January 2005.
Following a difference of opinion with Zimbabwe Cricket, (who insisted that four players sporting dreadlocks either had their hair cut or were dropped) Hondo made his way to England.
In 2011 Hondo become Player/Coach for Two Counties Cricket Division 1 side Ipswich Cricket Club. After a successful campaign in 2011 Hondo will return in 2012 to resume his duties as Player/Coach.
Hondo has a daughter born in 2011.
- "Hondo back to blast ahead for Hawera". Taranaki Daily News. 5 October 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2014.