Zimbabwe undergoes major overhaul for ODI campaign against Afghanistan

 . Last updated on February 13, 2017, 12:24 PM
Zimbabwe undergoes major overhaul for ODI campaign against Afghanistan
Solomon Mire is among the strongest players in Zimbabwe fitting both into bowling as well as batting.


Zimbabwe Cricket included Solomon Mire in the international squad for the campaign against Afghanistan. In the upcoming series, which is scheduled to begin on February 16, Zimbabwe will play five ODIs against Afghanistan. Solomon Mire has been a strong all-rounder in the team. He played around 10 ODIs in addition to the matches in the 2015 World Cup. The player has been busy in grade cricket in Australia. He is also expected to remain with the squad for the series of matches that Zimbabwe will play to qualify for 2019 World Cup.

Elton Chigumbura is also retained in the squad. He is an all-rounder in the team. However, the player is though low form recently. In a recent tri-series tournament, he could score only 9 runs. Bowler Tendai Chatara returned to the squad after a hiatus due to injury. He played his last international match in June 2016 where he injured his legs.

Seven players were dropped from team Zimbabwe, which played the latest tri-series. The dropped players are Chamu Chibhabha, Tendai Chisoro, Hamilton Masakadza, Brian Chari, Carl Mumba, Tinashe Panyangara and Sean Williams. Four new players have replaced them until now and three more will join in after the ongoing Pro50 matches. The newly included players are Solomon Mire, Tendai Chatara, Wellington Masakadza, Ryan Burl and Nathan Waller. The last two are debutants, who were picked from the XI team. Left handed batsman Ryan Burl have also knocked a century and two half centuries playing against Afghanistan A.

Zimbabwe slid to low rankings since almost a decade. The team has been playing less international matches than its counterparts. Their next tour is in June-July of 2017 to Sri Lanka, whereas, they played the last tri-series in November 2016. Two other teams in the series were Sri Lanka and West Indies. There are no domestic fixtures in the country as well and cricket has been facing a serious sidelining. The country is trying to host Scotland and West Indies by the end of 2017. However, in the current year, Zimbabwe Cricket is set to host its first-class home season, the Logan Cup. It is also eyeing for more List-A matches.

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