National cricket team opening batsman Tino Mawoyo is in a race to regain fitness for August’s Pakistan visit to Zimbabwe.
Report by Kevin Mapasure
Mawoyo was included in the initial 27-man squad to prepare for next month’s home One-Day International series against India but after undergoing an operation on his troublesome groin, the right hander has been ruled out of that series. However, he has set sights on the Pakistan tour which will include two Tests, three ODIs and two T-20s.
“Right now I have started rehabilitation with physiotherapy after the operation,” said Mawoyo. “They said I could recover in six weeks’ time but we are just working with the medical team to try and get back as soon as possible. I can’t put a time frame as to when I will start training but hopefully I will be ready for the Pakistan tour.”
Mawoyo who also missed Zimbabwe’s home series against Bangladesh will not benefit from an intensive fitness programme coach Andy Waller has set out for the team.
Zimbabwe will engage India in five ODIs in Harare and Bulawayo ahead of the Pakistan visit.
Mawoyo was mainly used in Tests under former coach Alan Butcher, but he will be hoping for recognition as an ODI batsman as well.
Zimbabwe’s openers, Vusi Sibanda and Tymcen Maruma, struggled in the Tests against Bangladesh where Mawoyo’s expertise was needed. In the first Test which Zimbabwe won by 335 runs, openers Maruma, who had never opened at international or First Class level before, and Sibanda, scored 29 runs between them in the two innings.
Maruma was dropped in the second Test which Zimbabwe lost by 143 runs, and his replacement Regis Chakabva made 34 runs in the two innings.
Meanwhile the national team will resume training today after a two-day break.