In­jury rules Ngar­ava out of Test series

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LEFT-ARM seamer Richard Ngar­ava has been ruled out of Zim­babwe’s two-match Test series against Bangladesh af­ter sus­tain­ing a groin in­jury in the one­day in­ter­na­tional series.

Vet­eran pacer Christo­pher Mpofu has been called up as his re­place­ment.

Ngar­ava (20) was in line to make his Test de­but, but now has to wait longer be­cause of the in­jury he picked up while bowl­ing in the third and fi­nal ODI in Chit­tagong on Fri­day.

“Ngar­ava sus­tained a groin in­jury and also com­plained of pain in the gluteal re­gion af­ter our last ODI,” Zim­babwe na­tional team phys­io­ther­a­pist Anesu Mupotaringa said.

“Even with ag­gres­sive treat­ment, he will not re­cover in time for the Test series.”

The first Test pit­ting Bangladesh against Zim­babwe is sched­uled for Novem­ber 3-7 in Syl­het, with the sec­ond five-day match pen­cilled in for Novem­ber 11-15 in Dhaka.

“Ngar­ava is part of our plan to de­lib­er­ately in­ject youth into the team and he has worked hard on this tour, on the side­lines, ready­ing him­self for an op­por­tu­nity to play,” Zim­babwe con­vener of se­lec­tors Wal­ter Chawaguta said.

“We had plans to pos­si­bly ro­tate our seam­ers and rest those who have played all matches since the tour of South Africa and this would have pre­sented an op­por­tu­nity to Ngar­ava.”

Al­though dis­ap­pointed to see Ngar­ava be­ing forced out of the Test matches due to in­jury, Chawaguta is con­fi­dent Mpofu’s ex­pe­ri­ence will pro­vide a mas­sive boost to Zim­babwe’s chances in the series.

The 32-year-old seamer has played 15 Test matches since mak­ing his de­but against Bangladesh in Chit­tagong in Jan­uary 2005.

“Mpofu was with the team in the build-up to South Africa, and hav­ing toured Bangladesh be­fore, he would know how to quickly ad­just to con­di­tions here. He is very ex­pe­ri­enced and would give us an op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue with our set plan of ro­tat­ing our pace bowl­ing depart­ment,” Chawaguta said.

As part of their prepa­ra­tions for the Test series, the Zim­bab­weans will take on Bangladesh A in a three­day prac­tice match start­ing to­day at Chit­tagong’s Zahur Ahmed Chowd­hury Sta­dium.

Af­ter suf­fer­ing a 3-0 white­wash in the ODI series, the tourists will be look­ing to make amends in the five-day game.

“The team was ob­vi­ously sad­dened by our per­for­mance in the ODI series and we are look­ing to make amends in the Test matches,” Chawaguta said.

“It’s a dif­fer­ent ball game de­mand­ing a spe­cific set of skills. We have de­cent Test ex­pe­ri­ence in the squad and are call­ing on our ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers to carry the team and show the younger play­ers how to play Test cricket.” — ZimCricket

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