New innings: Pro sportsman trades cricket bat for aquaponics

Yasser Parker thought he had fulfilled his childhood dream by becoming a professional cricket player. He enjoyed his days in front of the crowds, playing a sport that took him overseas. Then, seven years into his chosen career, the future began to look less rosy.

“In my final year, I went to the UK to play a season at Stratford-upon-Avon cricket club; that is when it dawned on me that financially, I was not going to be able to get where I want to be,” 30-year-old Parker recalled.

It was time for a new challenge.

A visit to a modest 1.2-hectare plot in Marondera, a farming town 90km from Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, today shows a new, thriving operation and a very different life. Parker’s solution to his problem? Aquaponics.


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