By ZBC Reporter
THE Zimbabwe senior men cricket team, the Chevrons have left the country for the United Arab Emirates ahead of their test and T-20 encounters against Afghanistan which get underway on the second of next month.
The Chevrons are scheduled to play Afghanistan in two Tests and three T20 international matches.
The first test gets underway on the 2nd of March, followed by the second on the 10th, before the series moves on to T20Is from 17th of next month.
We’ve had some good time in preparation for this tour and we’ve been looking forward to it. I am excited to be part of the squad especially after missing out on the previous tour in December last year but here we are with the hope that the guys we’ve selected will do duty for us and make us proud. Of course, we are going without several seasoned players but it is also a time for the youngsters to grab this opportunity and challenge for permanent places in the Chevrons fold. Going forward we would like to see an improved and rejuvenated Zimbabwean side that can challenge any team on the globe, hence the mix of experience and juniors, said the team’s Head coach Lalchand Rajput Bullish.
However, Zimbabwe will miss the services of seasoned campaigners Brendan Taylor, Craig Ervine, Peter J Moor, Tendai Chatara, Kyle Jarvis and Chamu Chibhabha.
In their absence, the Chevrons will be banking on skipper; Sean Williams, Regis Chakabva, Donald Tiripano and Sikandar Raza Butt to provide the much-needed depth.
Takashinga Cricket Club’s Tarisai Musakanda, has bounced back to reclaim his place in the national side following some impressive performances on the domestic front.
Former Zimbabwe Under-19 star, Wesley Madhevere is in line for his Test debut while all-rounder Ryan Burl has also made the cut with the trio of Faraz Akram, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe and Milton Shumba set to join the team for the T20 matches.