By ZBC Reporter
All is set for the One Day International series between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka, with the Chevrons looking to upset the hosts and get the much needed points on the international Cricket Council Super league.
The three match ODI series kicks off this Sunday in Kanday, Sri Lanka as the Chevrons go in search of world cup qualification points in the ICC super league.
The top eight nations qualify automatically for the 2023 World Cup to be hosted by New Zealand and currently the Chevrons are anchored at the bottom of the 13 team log.
Stand-in captain Craig Ervine is optimistic his charges will do well.
“We don’t even need to look at the position we know where we are and we are going to make sure we pick. Ip points we have been working hard and now we need to reap,” he said.
Opening batsman Takudzwanashe Kaitano and wicketkeeper Clive Madande are included for the first time in the Chevrons squad while all-rounder Tino Mutombodzi has returned to the national side.
Experienced middle-order batters Sikandar Raza and Sean Williams are also part of the side, while Zimbabwe resume life without Brendan Taylor, who retired from international cricket in August.
The three games will take place on January 16, 18 and 21.
The last time the two sides played an ODI series, Zimbabwe stunned the hosts, famously winning the five-match series 3-2.
Meanwhile Sri Lanka has made eight changes from their last outing against South Africa.
Kusal Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Avishka Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva are the biggest names to miss out – the first two are nursing injuries, the third tested positive for Covid-19, and Dhananjaya is on paternity leave following the birth of his first child.