Zimbabwean appearance in 1987 suggested that they merely made up the numbers. They went onto lose all their six group matches. The side produced a fine number of young cricketers in the early 1990’s. The emergence stars Andy Flower, Alaistair Campbell, Heath Streak, Dave Houghton felt like a whiff of fresh air.

Neil Johnson was the find of the tournament, but after a string of good performances, just when one expected the side to step up to a new level, came an all time low, which saw Andy Flower and Henry Olonga protest the death of democracy in the country. Things went downhill from there, as both cricketers faced a ban. With top notch players resigning, the team had to battle internal conflicts, and eventually also lose their Test status. ICC World Cup 2011 would be a new beginning for a side that is looking to rebuild.