Mu­pariwa left out of Tuskers draft

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

RIGHT arm fast-medium seam bowler Tawanda Mu­pariwa has been left out of the pro­vi­sional Mata­bele­land Tuskers Cricket Fran­chise for the 201617 sea­son, amid rev­e­la­tions that he is ear­marked for a move to Aus­tralia.

Sources within the Bu­l­awayo based fran­chise said se­lec­tors agreed to leave Mu­pariwa out of the squad pend­ing his in­tended move.

Mu­pariwa who has fallen down the or­der in the na­tional team is the ma­jor ab­sen­tee in Tuskers’ pro­vi­sional 20-mem­ber squad which was sub­mit­ted by the se­lec­tors at the week­end and is wait­ing for the board’s ap­proval.

“The se­lec­tors have sub­mit­ted the squad to the of­fice and Tawanda’s has been left out of the list of 20 play­ers who will get con­tracts.

“He told the se­lec­tors that he wants to go to Aus­tralia and if that fails, then he will play for Tuskers,” said a source.

The squad has among other ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers top or­der bats­man Sean Wil­liams who has re­joined Tuskers from Mid­west Rhi­nos where he spent a sea­son, spin-bowler John Nyumbu, na­tional team wick­et­keeper Rich­mond Mu­tum­bami, Luke Jongwe and Christo­pher Mpofu.

Left-handed bats­man Craig Ervine’s name has also been in­cluded in the pro­vi­sional squad to­gether with top-or­der bats­man Brian Chari.

The quar­tet of Ta­fara Mu­pariwa, Steve Chi­mamhiwa, Keith Dabengwa and Mbekezeli Mabuza who played win­ter cricket over­seas have also been in­cluded in the squad.

Wayne James, Tuskers’ coach, said Wil­liams’ re­turn would strengthen their bat­ting line-up.

“We’ve started our pre-sea­son and as it is we’re work­ing on fit­ness be­cause we have a big pool of play­ers which we should trim to about 15 to 20 in the com­ing weeks.

“We’re also wait­ing for a cou­ple of guys that are still over­seas to join us.

“Our for­mer cap­tain Wil­liams has bounced back and will be play­ing for us this sea­son. This will cer­tainly be a boost to our bat­ting unit,” James was quoted as say­ing re­cently.

The Tuskers ad­min­is­tra­tor said the squad will only be made pub­lic af­ter the board’s ap­proval.

He ex­pressed con­fi­dence of re­claim­ing glory.

Tuskers came se­cond to Mashona­land Ea­gles in the Lo­gan Cup. Ea­gles also won the 2015/16 sea­son’s Pro50 ti­tle.

“The guys have as­sem­bled a strong squad and look­ing at it we have the po­ten­tial to re­claim the Lo­gan Cup and prob­a­bly try and win the Pro-50 which we haven’t won since es­tab­lish­ment of fran­chise cricket in 2009.

You can call say in two weeks time for the fi­nal squad be­cause we have to get the board’s seal of ap­proval,” said Tuskers Cricket Fran­chise chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Stan­ley Stad­don — @ZililoR.

Tawanda Mu­pariwa

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