By Lawrence Trusida
ZIMBABWE Cricket has kept faith in the youngsters that shined in the just ended series against Bangladesh after naming 17 players to battle India in the Kajaria Cup One Day International Series that begins on the 18th of this month.
The series, which forms part of the International Cricket Council World Cup Super League, will see Zimbabwe and India meeting in three one-day international matches scheduled for the 18th, 20th and 22nd of August at Harare Sports Club.
Regis Chakabva will lead the home side in the absence of regular captain Craig Ervine who is still nursing a left hamstring tear, while Blessing Muzarabani, Tendai Chatara and Wellington Masakadza will continue to sit out this series because of injuries.
The technical team has kept faith in the youngsters who did well during the recently concluded Bangladesh series.
Innocent Kaia, who scored his maiden century against Bangladesh, Tony Munyonga who showed his power-hitting prowess, Brad Evans who had excellent control with the ball and wicket-keeper Clive Madande who had a wonderful cameo, have all been given a chance to continue with their exploits.
Inform Sikander Raza, seasoned all-rounder Ryan Burl, bowlers Victor Nyauchi and Richard Ngarava have all retained their places in the squad while the selectors have shown huge faith in Wessly Madhevere and Milton Shumba who were all called up even after struggling in recent tournaments.
Meanwhile, Star batter KL Rahul is set to lead the Indian team in the upcoming ODI series after getting clearance from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) medical team.
The strong team is led by Shikhar Dhawan, who is the vice-captain, as regular skipper Rohit Sharma has been rested for the series together with out of form Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja.
However, the majority of the players who beat West Indies three-nil recently are all coming to Zimbabwe while there is only one uncapped player in Rahul Tripathi.
The Asians are expected in Zimbabwe this Saturday.