Zimbabwe

Brendan Taylor, Craig Ervine and Sean Williams have been included in Zimbabwe’s squads to tour South Africa and Bangladesh, ending a self-imposed hiatus. The trio had opted out of the T20 tri-series at home, which included Australia and Pakistan and the subsequent five-match ODI series against Pakistan in June-July because of unpaid salaries. Since then,
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Sikandar Raza has not been offered a new central contract by Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC), who claim the batsman breached the conditions of his previous agreement with the board. In a statement issued on Saturday, ZC revealed Raza had played club cricket in England without a no-objection certificate (NOC), then applied for one – which was
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Blessing Muzarabani, the Zimbabwe fast bowler who last month quit international duty to pursue opportunities in England, has signed a three-year contract with Northamptonshire. With uncertainty surrounding the financial situation at Zimbabwe Cricket, Muzarabani has chosen the stability of a Kolpak deal in county cricket, following the likes of Kyle Jarvis, Brendan Taylor and Sean
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Zimbabwe have confirmed Lalchand Rajput‘s appointment as permanent head coach of the men’s national side, three months after hiring him in interim capacity. Rajput replaces Heath Streak, who was sacked alongside his entire support staff following the failed 2019 World Cup qualifying campaign, and remains in legal dispute with Zimbabwe Cricket. ZC did not provide
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Blessing Muzarabani, the two-metre tall, 21-year old Zimbabwean quick, has made himself unavailable for international cricket to further his career in England. Muzarabani has played one Test, 18 ODIs and six T20Is for Zimbabwe, the latest against Pakistan last in July. Muzarabani hasn’t specified any other reason for his hiatus from his home country, but
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Zimbabwe batsman Malcolm Waller has withdrawn from the team’s ODI squad citing, through correspondence between his lawyer and Zimbabwe Cricket, labour-practice concerns. Waller had been part of Zimbabwe’s squad for the T20 tri-series in Harare, playing in Zimbabwe’s last two games against Australia and Pakistan, and was also named in the squad for the ODIs
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Toss Zimbabwe chose to bowl v Pakistan Hamilton Masakadza and Sarfraz Ahmed shake hands at the toss AFP Zimbabwe won the toss and opted to bowl first. Rain in the morning in Bulawayo meant cloudy conditions for the start of the first ODI, making the decision to insert Pakistan in a fairly simple one for Zimbabwe
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Zimbabwe have called up three uncapped players – Liam Roche, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe and Ryan Murray – for the five-match ODI series against Pakistan, which begins on Friday in Bulawayo. Injuries, meanwhile, have ruled out Solomon Mire and Kyle Jarvis. With a number of senior players unavailable in the backdrop of friction between the players and
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Zimbabwe Cricket has given a lifeline by the ICC, whose board “agreed a package of measures” that will allow ZC to pay its debt while still receiving funding “on a controlled basis”. The ICC has also offered to work with ZC “to develop a plan for managing its cricketing, management and financial structures which will
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A depleted Zimbabwe suffered a further blow when Kyle Jarvis, their senior seamer, injured his bowling hand while attempting a catch during Pakistan’s innings in the opening game of the T20I tri-series in Harare. The injury occured in the 14th over of the innings, when Fakhar Zaman hoicked a delivery from Ryan Burl into the
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Throughout his career, Hamilton Masakadza has complemented his brawny batting on the pitch by being a calm, amiable presence off it amid sometimes tempestuous times for Zimbabwe. Considering the ongoing brouhaha between the board and the absence of Zimbabwe’s senior core of players, his first press conference since being named captain could well have been
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Tatenda Taibu, former Zimbabwe captain and their convener of selectors until March, severely criticised the current administration for their treatment of players – in particular Brendan Taylor – and called on cricketers in the country to band together. Taylor, who opted out of a Kolpak-deal with Nottinghamshire a year early to return for Zimbabwe last
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Brendan Taylor and Sikandar Raza were among notable absentees in the Zimbabwe squad to play the T20I tri-series against Australia and Pakistan. Also missing were Graeme Cremer, who was sacked as captain in March, and batsmen Sean Williams and Craig Ervine. In better news for a senior player, Elton Chigumbura, who has not played for
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Zimbabwe Cricket have undertaken to pay all outstanding salaries of players by July 25, a month after the players’ deadline. The players threatened to “review their availability for selection” if their initial deadline wasn’t met, which threatens to derail next month’s T20 triangular series involving Australia and Pakistan. The series is slated to be held
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