Zimbabwe have named a 15-man squad for the three-match one-day international (ODI) series against Afghanistan that gets underway in Harare on Saturday.
Blessing Muzarabani, who was at the Indian Premier League since March, is back to lead the home team’s pace attack.
Led by captain Craig Ervine, the side includes 11 of the players who were part of the squad for Zimbabwe’s last ODI series, away to Sri Lanka in January.
Among those missing out are Sean Williams who is still attending to personal matters after Zimbabwe Cricket granted him compassionate leave.
Richard Ngarava and Wellington Masakadza have been ruled out as they are yet to fully recover from lower back and right shoulder injuries respectively, while Tino Mutombodzi has not made the cut this time round.
Donald Tiripano and Ainsley Ndlovu have bounced back, with Dion Myers, and Tanaka Chivanga also getting the nod for the Afghanistan challenge.
The three ODI matches are scheduled for 4, 6 and 9 June 2022 at Harare Sports Club – play is set to start at 0915 hours local time.
The series is part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League, a 13-team competition serving as the main route for qualification for the 2023 edition of the 50-over ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup to be staged in India.
ZIMBABWE ODI SQUAD FOR AFGHANISTAN SERIES:
Ervine Craig (captain), Burl Ryan, Chakabva Regis, Chatara Tendai, Chivanga Tanaka, Jongwe Luke, Kaitano Takudzwanashe, Madande Clive, Madhevere Wessly, Muzarabani Blessing, Myers Dion, Ndlovu Ainsley, Raza Sikandar, Shumba Milton, Tiripano Donald