Raza to miss SA, Bangladesh tours

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ed­die Chikamhi Se­nior Sports Re­porter

ALL-ROUNDER Sikan­dar Raza was the most no­table omis­sion yes­ter­day when Zim­babwe an­nounced their squads for the up­com­ing back-to­back away tours to South Africa and Bangladesh.

Zim­babwe are sched­uled to leave for South Africa later this month where they will clash with the Proteas in three One Day In­ter­na­tion­als and three Twenty20 In­ter­na­tional games.

The team then pro­ceed to Bangladesh for three ODIs and two Tests run­ning in Novem­ber.

But, with most of the se­nior play­ers who missed the re­cent home as­sign­ments against Aus­tralia and Pak­istan back in the fold, Raza doesn’t fea­ture in any of the four squads.

The all-rounder is cur­rently in­volved in talks with the Zim­babwe Cricket lead­er­ship in a bid to con­vince them to re­new his con­tract.

The 30-year-old re­mains one of Zim­babwe’s best play­ers in all forms of the game. Raza is ac­cused of flout­ing reg­u­la­tions by go­ing to play cricket in for­eign lands with­out first ob­tain­ing a no-ob­jec­tion cer­tifi­cate, as is the stan­dard prac­tice in the pro­fes­sional game, world­wide.

The crick­eter opened ne­go­ti­a­tions with the lead­er­ship last week hop­ing for a quick res­o­lu­tion to the chal­lenges.

ZC con­venor Walter Chawaguta was not avail­able for com­ment yes­ter­day.

But the good news to coach Lalc­hand Ra­jput is the re­turn of the likes of Bren­dan Tay­lor, Sean Wil­liams and Craig Ervine who missed the re­cent tour by Aus­tralia and Pak­istan be­cause of a pay­ment dis­pute.

The trio will, along­side cap­tain Hamil­ton Masakadza, Chris Mpofu and Solomon Mire, pro­vide Zim­babwe with the ex­pe­ri­ence they need against one of the best cricket sides in the world.

Mire and pace bowler Kyle Jarvis have re­cov­ered fully from their in­juries. There is no place, how­ever, for for­mer cap­tain Graeme Cre­mer who re­cently un­der­went a knee surgery and is re­cov­er­ing un­der the watch of the med­i­cal team. El­ton Chigum­bura looked like he was near­ing the twi­light of his ca­reer but the selec­tors have given him an­other lease of life af­ter he was named in the T20I and ODI squads for both tours. SOUTH AFRICA TOUR ODI Squad: Hamil­ton Masakadza (cap­tain), Solomon Mire, Craig Ervine, Bren­dan Tay­lor, Sean Wil­liams, Peter Moor, El­ton Chigum­bura,

Zim­babwe

Don­ald Tiri­pano, Kyle Jarvis, Bran­don Mavuta, Richard Ngar­ava, Ti­nashe Ka­munhukamwe, Welling­ton Masakadza, Ryan Mur­ray, Tendai Chatara

Zim­babwe T20I Squad: Hamil­ton Masakadza (cap­tain), Solomon Mire, Neville Madziva, Bren­dan Tay­lor, Sean Wil­liams, Peter Moor, El­ton Chigum­bura, Tendai Chisoro, Kyle Jarvis, Bran­don Mavuta, Christo­pher Mpofu, Chamu Chib­habha, Welling­ton Masakadza, Tari­sai Musakanda, Tendai Chatara BANGLADESH TOUR ODI Squad: Hamil­ton Masakadza (cap­tain), Solomon Mire, Craig Ervine, Bren­dan Tay­lor, Sean Wil­liams, Peter Moor, El­ton Chigum­bura, Don­ald Tiri­pano, Kyle Jarvis, Bran­don Mavuta, Richard Ngar­ava, John Nyumbu, Welling­ton Masakadza, Tari­sai Musakanda, Tendai Chatara, Cephas Zhuwao

Zim­babwe Test Squad: Hamil­ton Masakadza (cap­tain), Brian Chari, Craig Ervine, Bren­dan Tay­lor, Sean Wil­liams, Peter Moor, Regis Chak­abva, Don­ald Tiri­pano, Kyle Jarvis, Bran­don Mavuta, Richard Ngar­ava, John Nyumbu, Welling­ton Masakadza, Ryan Burl, Tendai Chatara

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