Zimbabwe Names Cricket Squad For New Zealand Assignment

Vitori is still nursing a shin injury and in his absence Zimbabwe’s seam attack will be led by Christopher Mpofu and Kyle Jarvis.

There have not been many changes in the team except the inclusion of Keegan Meth who has shown tremendous form for Mashonaland Tuskers after missing national duty due to a serious mouth injury suffered in the ODI against Bangladesh in August.

Otherwise the rest of the team is a familiar line up with captain Brendan Taylor leading the usual cast that includes the likes of Tatenda Taibu, Elton Chigumbura, Hamilton Masakadza, Prosper Utseya as well as Vusimuzi Sibanda.

There are places too for most of the regulars, Charles Coventry, Raymond Price, Malcolm Waller, as well as Chamunorwa Chibhabha.

Twenty year old Natsai Mushangwe has also received a national call up. Since featuring for Zimbabwe XI in winter against Australia and South African A sides, Mushangwe’s star has been rising, and has also been in good form for the Mountaineers.

The line up will not be complete without mentioning Forster Mutizwa who, however, will be involved in stiff competition for a batting place.

Following the excitement that was generated by the victory over Bangladesh, Zimbabwe are hoping to bounce back to form following the humiliation suffered in the tour by Pakistan in which they lost all the matches played.

The Black Cats are expected to arrive in Harare Wednesday afternoon and will have a feel of the match venue the same day.

After the two Twentry20 matches, Zimbabwe face off with New Zealand in three ODIs running at Harare Sports Club on October 20 and October 22 before the final one at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on October 25. New Zealand will round off their tour with a Test that begins on November 1.

The squad

Brendan Taylor (Captain); Charles Coventry; Chamunorwa Chibhabha; Elton Chigumbura; Kyle Jarvis; Hamilton Masakadza; Keegan Meth; Christopher Mpofu; Natsai M’shangwe; Forster Mutizwa; Raymond Price; Vusimuzi Sibanda; Tatenda Taibu; Prosper Utseya; and Malcolm Waller.