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Vusi Sibanda bounces back

The squad will go into camp on May 2 in Harare, in preparation for the five-match T-20 series which both nations are using to prepare for that format’s World Cup in September.

Also returning to the squad is Craig Ervine and Charles Coventry who both missed Zimbabwe’s tour of New Zealand due to injury and lack of form respectively.

Middle order batsman Coventry sees himself  in and out of the team more than any other player and this time makes another attempt to cement a place on the team.

The Matabeleland Tuskers ‘s batter is one of the cleanest hitters of the ball locally and his experience would be useful to  Zimbabwe in this format of the game.

Also making a return is fast bowler Chris Mpofu who was sidelined due to injury towards the end of last year . He  missed  part of the domestic season as well as the New Zealand tour where he was sorely missed.

Batsman Sibanda who was controversially left out of the squad that toured New Zealand returns to take his place in the team ,having dumped his Australian Club to play for MidWest Rhinos, a condition he had to meet to be considered for the national team.

Convenor of selectors Givemore Makoni said that they had also included young stars that have excelled on the domestic scene as a reward for that success.

“We have younger players like Tendai Chatara, Kelvin Kasuza and Richard Muzhange in the squad. They have been doing well on the domestic front,” said Makoni. “They will be closely monitored during the training camp and if they do well they can even make it into the final squad. We have a few senior players that have been struggling for form ,so there is a good chance that the young stars may earn berths.”he added.

The team has been on a break since their last tour to New Zealand in January, where they lost all matches in all formats of the game.
They will be looking to pick themselves up against South Africa, where they will use the series to prepare for the T-20 World Cup in September.

Many of the players have landed contracts with English Clubs and those called up to the squad will have to return for the training camp.
Notable absentees from the squad are Gregg lamb and Regis Chakabva who both have been excluded. The Masakadza brothers Hamilton and Shingi have retained their places in a squad that will be led by captain Brendan Taylor.

 

Squad
Brendan Taylor, Tatenda Taibu, Elton Chigumbura, Malcolm Waller, Charles Coventry, Forster Mutizwa, Graeme Cremer, Raymond Price, Tendai Chatara, Prosper Utseya, Kyle Jarvis, Chris Mpofu, Brian Vitori, Keegan Meth, Njabulo Ncube, Kelvin Kasuza, Natsai Mushangwe, Chamu Chibhabha, Hamilton Masakadza, Shingi Masakadza, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Richard Muzhange, Vusi Sibanda and Craig Ervine.

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