PERFORMANCES in the ongoing Zimbabwe A matches against touring Bangladesh A will be used to pick the Zimbabwe senior side for a first-class tour to South
Africa in two weeks’ time.
Zimbabwe will play an unnamed South African academy and two provincial sides in a short tour of the country in preparation for a one-day international tour to Harare by the senior Bangladesh team at the end of the month.
Bangladesh will tour for five ODIs beginning on July 29.
Zimbabwe’s selectors convener Bruce Makovah told IndependentSport that the side for the South Africa tour will be a blend of players who toured the West Indies two months ago and the Zimbabwe A cricketers.
The side to face Bangladesh will be chosen on completion of the South Africa matches.
Players who are likely to make the side for South Africa include young pace bowler Trevor Garwe, who bowled consistently in the two four-day games for the A side in Mutare, and was the side’s leading wicket-taker.
On the batting side, former Under-19 wicketkeeper/batsman Tafadzwa Mufambisi has not done his reputation any harm so far in the A side series and is almost assured of a place for the South Africa tour.
Other batsmen who have shown promise are opener Tinashe Hove and 18-year-old Midlands batsman Friday Kasteni, who will be provided with a chance to settle down in South Africa.
The tour may also provide an opportunity for Stuart Matsikenyeri to find his way back into national reckoning. He scored a century for the A side in Mutare and captained the team in the final four-dayer Zimbabwe won by seven wickets.