By Enock Muchinjo
FORMER national cricket team medium pace bowler Bryan Strang has bounced back onto the local scene after a career-threatening injury and a short stint in South African club cricket.
However the seam bowler’s hopes of reviving an international career cut short by injury looks slim.
The outspoken Strang has been barred by the Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) from playing in the provincial Logan Cup which he would have used as a platform to fight his way back into the national team.
The national team, which has been inconsistent of late, is desperate for an extra quality bowler.
Strang fell out with the ZCU last year when he was part of the group of cricketers that unsuccessfully advocated for the stripping of Zimbabwe’s rights to co-host the ICC World Cup on moral grounds.
The rift between Strang and the ZCU widened late last year when the player criticised the union for failing to probe an allegation of racism he had made against a ZCU official.
Strang, who bowls a consistent full length and swings the ball sharply away from left-handed batsmen has been singled out by many as a difficult bowler to face.
After his last match for the national team three years ago, Strang had taken a total of 102 wickets from 46 ODI’s and 26 Tests at an average of 37,34 and 39,33 respectively.