Zimbabwe have suffered a setback of sorts as Captain Hamilton Masakadza and wicket-keeper batsman Brendan Taylor have been ruled out of the one-day series against the UAE. Masakadza suffered from a thumb injury during a game played in the domestic season in February. Certainly, it will weaken Zimbabwe’s batting resources for the upcoming four-match one-day series that starts from 10th April.
Peter Moor has been named as stand-in captain for Zimbabwe for the home one-day series against UAE. Wicket-keeper Brendan Taylor is a bankable performer in the batting lineup for Zimbabwe and will certainly miss the one-day series. Taylor sustained a calf injury while playing in the Pakistan Super League 2019 for Lahore Qalandars. It will take him at least four weeks to recover from injury.
Zimbabwe Cricket said that Masakadza is nursing an injury and will not take in the upcoming one-day series against UAE. They also announced their 16-member squad for the forthcoming UAE series.
Uncapped players Tony Munyonga and Ainsley Ndlovu have earned their maiden call-ups to the national side. Regis Chakabva and Timycen Maruma are also making their return to the limited-overs side after a long time.
This is certainly a historic occasion for UAE national cricket team as they will be playing a bilateral one-day series against a full member country like Zimbabwe. The opening game of the one-day series will begin from 10th April. All the games will be played at Harare Sports Club in Harare.
Recently, Zimbabwe has been devastated by Cyclone Idai and caused plenty of destruction in terms of loss of life and property. The home side will be keen to put in a strong performance in front of home crowds against UAE.
Zimbabwe’s ODI Squad: Peter Moor (captain), Sikandar Raza, Donald Tiripano, Kyle Jarvis, Solomon Mire, Brian Chari, Regis Chakabva, Sean Williams, Timycen Maruma, Craig Ervine, Brandon Mavuta, Tendai Chatara, Chris Mpofu, Ainsley Ndlovu, Tony Munyonga, Elton Chigumbura