Masakadza out, Matsikenyeri takes over

HAMILTON Masakadza, who captained the Zimbabwe A side in the two “Test” matches in Mutare against touring Bangladesh A, will miss the final four-day match starting in Bulawayo today.


Stuart Matsikenyeri will lead the side.


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P align=justify>Masakadza, who scored a century in the second match at Mutare Sports Club to earn Zimbabwe a draw, has been granted study leave by Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC), but will be available for the tour’s seven one-day games in Bulawayo and Kwekwe. The record-breaking Zimbabwean batsman is on a university scholarship in South Africa.


Masakadza has been replaced by upcoming national side batsman Chamu Chibhabha, who joins the A side alongside all-rounder Keegan Meth.


The 19-year-old Chibhabha is being brought in to stabilise the batting line-up after showing great promise in the West Indies tour where he was Zimbabwe’s best performing batsman, while fellow teenager Meth may be getting another chance to impress after he performed in fits and starts in the Caribbean.


Selectors had earlier said they would not include in the A side players who were in the West Indies, but needing to win the final four-day game in Bulawayo to draw the four-day series, they have brought Chibhabha to add a bit of flair and attack.


Other new inclusions in the side are young bowling all-rounder Admire Manyumwa and former Under-19 captain Tino Mawoyo. Wicketkeeper/batsman Kudzai Taibu and batsmen Jeremiah Matigonda and Bernard Mlambo have been dropped for the final four-day game.


Zimbabwe A are 1-0 down in the series after they lost the first match by seven wickets and drew the second. — Staff Writer.