Zim turn to Chigumbura, Brian Vitori

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Fast bowler Brian Vitori and all-rounder Elton Chigumbura are set to bounce back into the national team ahead of the two-Test series against Bangladesh early next month.

Kevin Mapasure

After a tough time in the West Indies where the national team is in danger of a tour whitewash, the selectors are looking elsewhere ahead of the home series against Bangladesh next month.

Chigumbura and Vitori starred for Zimbabwe when they beat the same opponents in a home one off Test to mark a return to the premier competition.

The two were also in top form in the One-Day-Internationals with Vitori in particular stealing the headlines on debut.

After failing to make it to the West Indies Vitori, who stole the limelight with a scintillating bowling display to claim five wickets in the Bangladesh Test match, is in line for a return to torment the Tigers.

National team selectors will announce a training squad this weekend ahead of practice soon after the team returns from the West Indies.
“We are going to make a few additions to the squad that we have in the West Indies and as soon as they arrive they will go into a training camp in Harare in preparation for the Tests,” said Makoni.

“We are considering other players taking into account the performance here in the West Indies and also our next opponents as well as the fact that we will be playing at home in different conditions.

Zimbabwe’s most experienced seamer Chris Mpofu has been struggling with his game all tour and was left out of the team that played the Tests.

Debutante Tendai Chatara took three wickets in that Test while Kyle Jarvis carried the burden, taking a fiver in the first innings.
It is against this background that Chigumbura and Vitori are tipped to make it into the squad for the Tests.

Chigumbura has been struggling with his bowling of late but improved considerably during his time at the Bangladesh Premier League.

He hit top batting form in the same tournament and was considered for the West Indies tour with the selectors later deciding against including him.

He picked three wickets in the Test match in 2011 where he bowled 34 overs in the two innings with a good economy rate.

His form with the bat would be useful for a team that struggled in that department in both Tests.

Also set to come into recognition for the limited overs is Charles Coventry who also had a good outing at the Bangladesh Premier league.

After the first Test the general feeling was that Zimbabwe needed to sort out their batting after collapsing particularly in the second innings where they collapsed to 107 all out.

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