By ZBC Reporter
The Zimbabwe national cricket side, the Chevrons have named three new players in their 16-man squad for the upcoming One Day International series against Bangladesh which gets underway this Friday at Harare Sports Club.
Brendan Taylor will captain the Zimbabwe side which includes three uncapped players in Tadiwanashe Marumani, Dion Myers and Milton Shumba.
Zimbabwe will, however make its debut in the Super league without white-ball captain Chamu Chibhabha who has been overlooked due to loss of form, while Sean Williams and Craig Ervine are still not part of team even though they tested negative to covid-19.
On the bright side, all-rounder Sikander Raza Butt has regained full fitness and will be a key cog in the lower middle order and also spin bowling option as is Ryan Burl.
On the bowling front, Tendai Chatara, who has not played international cricket since he suffered a right upper-arm injury during the tour to Pakistan in November last year, has been selected.
Friday’s encounter will be the first time in eight years that Bangladesh will be playing a bilateral ODI series in Zimbabwe.
The two sides have met 75 times, with the Tigers dominating with 47 wins while Zimbabwe has managed to notch 28 victories.
Bangladesh will miss experienced batsman, Mushfiqur Rahim who opted out of the white-ball
series to return home while pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman is expected to be out for the first match of the ODI series.
The series pitting Zimbabwe against Bangladesh is part of the Super League that is serving as the main qualification route to the 2023 edition of the Men’s Cricket World Cup in India.
The 13-team league competition will see the top seven sides, plus India as the hosts, qualify directly for the World Cup, while the remaining five teams, along with five Associate sides, will play in a qualifier tournament from which two other teams will go through to the global showcase.