VB Series, 2003-04 January 8, 2004

Ebrahim to replace Wishart

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Craig Wishart has been ruled out of the VB Series with a knee injury, and will be replaced by Dion Ebrahim. Wishart originally damaged his left knee while batting in last Sunday's match against Western Australia at Perth, and after consultations with specialists in Adelaide and Sydney he is to return home for surgery.

"The injury may have recovered with rest in a couple of weeks, but realistically Craig would not have been mobile enough to take a full part in a demanding one-day series," said Brad Robinson, Zimbabwe's physiotherapist. "In the long term he is best having an operation to affect a full recovery, rather than play on with an injury that could have recurred at a future point."

Wishart himself said, "It's obviously a major disappointment not to be able to play in the VB Series. I feel that I've been in good form and I know my runs are important for the team." He continued: "But, we have a lot of Test and one-day cricket ahead in the next few months so my immediate aim is to regain full fitness and return to the side as soon as possible."

Ebrahim will join up with the squad at Sydney on Saturday evening. where Zimbabwe play India and Australia in the space of two days. "It's pretty unlikely he will play against Australia on Sunday," Geoff Marsh, Zimbabwe's coach, said, "but he will come into contention for the two games we have in Hobart next week."

On a better note for Zimbabwe, Stuart Carlisle, who picked up a slight thigh strain in the game against Australia A at Adelaide, is expected to be fit for their opening game, against Australia on Sunday.