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Explosive middle order batsman Charles Coventry is set to bounce back into the national team after his inclusion in the squad to tour Pakistan for a limited overs series this month.

Kevin Mapasure

Zimbabwe Cricket yesterday officially announced the tour was on and the team will play two T-20 matches as well as three ODIs with all the matches set for Pakistan capital Lahore.

The squad has not yet been announced but IndependentSport has learnt that also joining Coventry among the returnees is seamer Chris Mpofu — cast into the wilderness for the last couple of years.

With the departure of Brendan Taylor, Vusi Sibanda also appears to have benefitted and is set to make the trip to Pakistan on May 19.

Zimbabwe will send a 15-member squad to compete in both formats and young batsman Roy Kaia is also set to tour.

It is the return of Coventry — who last represented Zimbabwe in an ODI match against Sri Lanka — that is however likely to generate interest.

Coventry, who once held the record for the highest ODI score (194) achieved against Bangladesh, has been playing in Dubai. He turned down a national team call up in 2013 to concentrate on playing abroad where he could earn a decent living.

Coventry will increase the options in the middle order and certainly strengthen the T-20 team.

But there is no place in the squad for Solomon Mire who toured New Zealand and Australia with the national team during the ICC World Cup.
Mire does not have a contract with ZC.

On the other hand, spinner Graeme Cremer who has returned to the game after a two-year-break is deemed not yet ready for a come back into the national team.

The squad has been going through its paces with Dave Whatmore whom ZC tied down to a four-year contract as first revealed by IndependentSport two months ago.

Seamer Brian Vitori, overlooked for the World Cup, earned a recall to the team while wicketkeeper batsman Richmond Mutumbami is also in the squad.

Prosper Utseya, Hamilton Masakadza, captain Elton Chigumbura, Sean Williams and Craig Ervine are some of the players who played at the World Cup that have been retained.

Probable Squad
E Chigumbura, H Masakadza, V Sibanda, C Chibhabha, S Raza, C Ervine, P Utseya, T Mupariwa, T Panyangara, C Coventry, R Mutumbami, C Mpofu, R Kaia, S Williams and B Vitori.

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