Veteran duo bounces back as Marumani makes Zimbabwe T20I squad

Brendan Taylor and Craig Ervine have been included in Zimbabwe’s squad for the Twenty20 international (T20I) series against Pakistan that gets underway in Harare on Wednesday. The two veteran batsmen missed Zimbabwe’s last series against Afghanistan in the United Arab Emirates in February-March due to health issues, but they are among the six changes made to the national side for the upcoming home tour.

Luke Jongwe, who last played international cricket in January 2016, has also bounced back after he was named in the 15-man squad. The uncapped trio of the sensational Tadiwanashe Marumani, the 19-year-old batsman who scored four fifties in five matches in the just-ended Domestic T20 Competition, as well as seamer Tanaka Chivanga and spin bowler Tapiwa Mufudza are the other new faces in the side.

Sikandar Raza will miss the series due to an upper-arm injury. From the squad that faced Afghanistan, the players who have been dropped are Richmond Mutumbami, Milton Shumba, Brandon Mavuta, Tarisai Musakanda and Faraz Akram.

Musakanda has however been placed on standby alongside Ainsley Ndlovu and Bradley Evans. The T20I series between Zimbabwe and Pakistan is scheduled for 21, 23 and 25 April, with the matches starting at 1100 hours local time.

All the games will be played behind closed doors at Harare Sports Club, with no spectators allowed in the stadium due to COVID-19 protocols.

Zimbabwe T20I Squad:
Williams Sean (captain), Burl Ryan, Chakabva Regis, Chivanga Tanaka, Ervine Craig, Jongwe Luke, Kamunhukamwe Tinashe, Madhevere Wessly, Marumani Tadiwanashe, Masakadza Wellington, Mufudza Tapiwa, Muzarabani Blessing, Ngarava Richard, Taylor Brendan, Tiripano Donald