Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh 2010-11 November 23, 2010

Butterworth replaces Flower in Zimbabwe squad

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Zimbabwe have included the uncapped Ryan Butterworth in their ODI squad for the tour to Bangladesh, after his impressive performances in the recent Stanbic Bank 20 Series. The 29-year-old Butterworth scored 165 runs at an average of 82.50 and a strike rate of 181.31, and also took six wickets with his part-time medium pace to help Mashonaland Eagles claim the Twenty20 trophy.

Grant Flower, who made a surprising return to international cricket for the recent ODI series in South Africa, is not in the squad, having possibly played his last competitive first class match. Flower, however, will continue in his role as Zimbabwe batting coach for the series, which will see five ODIs played between December 1 and December 12. Sean Williams also missed out on the tour after sustaining a hamstring injury during the Stanbic Bank 20 Series.

Zimbabwe have recalled medium-pacer Keegan Meth, who has not played for the national side since 2006, while spinner Ray Price returns after missing the tour of South Africa for personal reasons. Regis Chakabva, a 23-year-old wicketkeeper with just one ODI under his belt, is also in the side.

Butterworth also performed well during his stint in England last summer, where he scored more than 1000 runs and took more than 40 wickets for Whitehaven in the North Lancashire league.

Zimbabwe will go into the series looking for their first ODI victory since they beat Ireland in September, but will face a Bangladesh side buoyant after their recent 4-0 drubbing of New Zealand.

Zimbabwe Squad: Elton Chigumbura (capt), Tatenda Taibu (wk), Brendan Taylor, Hamilton Masakadza, Shingi Masakadza, Regis Chakabva, Chamu Chibhabha, Raymond Price, Ryan Butterworth, Craig Ervine, Prosper Utseya, Graeme Cremer, Keith Dabengwa, Chris Mpofu, Keegan Meth

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  • Dummy4 on November 29, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    I think in this squad the best 11 should be 1. Tamim, 2. Imrul, 3. Junaid, 4. Rakib, 5. Shakib, 6. Mahmudullah, 7. Rahim, 8. Shuvo, 9. Mortoza, 10. Razzak, 11. Rubel. I also think Ashraful should not be included in any games. Nayem is a backup of shuvo, is shuvo wont perform, then nayem should be included replacement of Shuvo

  • mahjut on November 29, 2010, 11:01 GMT

    AGHh it can be frustrating being a zim supporter but i guess people have to do what's best for them. Generally re pace i sadly agree with Flowerpower esp where rainsford is concerned (he had real potential...and returned... nothing!!). Zim really do struggle against spin and although a whitewash would be a HUGE disappointment (I mean they've only once been whitewashed by BD and that was when things were really, really bad - things have moved on from even the last series which although they lost 4-1 and two of those were BIG losses they did win one and ran the last to just a wkt between the two - though BD supporters will put that down to dead rubber syndrome i'd imagine, i would if the shoe was on the other foot;) )! Go Zim

  • shafiq on November 28, 2010, 3:05 GMT

    I think that squad for BD should be like: 1.tamim 2.kayes 3.nafees/junaed 4.jahirul/rakibul 5.sakeb 6.mahmudullah 7.mushfiq 8.neyeem 9.mashrafee 10.rubel/shafiul 11.razzak/shuvo . I definitely want to exclude Ashraful. Nayeem is a good alround with hard hitting capability; moreover he is in good form shown in Asian Games journey.

  • Nazmul on November 27, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    I hope Bangladesh will play good cricket and batting will be much more better than last series And team should be like- 1. Tamim 2.Kayes 3.Nafees 4.Raqibul 5.Shakib 6.Mushfiq 7. Mahmudullah 8. Shuvo 9. Mashrafe 10. Razzaq 11. Rubel....I think ashraful should not be included from the beginning of the series.....Raqibul has good temperament and able to stay in the wicket which is very much needed for bangladesh because most of the time we lose early 2-3 wickts...good luck bangladesh....

  • Javed on November 26, 2010, 23:54 GMT

    Bangladesh squad should be like this : 1. Tamim 2. Kayes 3. Jahirul/Nafees, 4. Ashraful, 5. Shakib 6. Mushfiq, 7. Mahmudullah, 8. Mashrafee, 9. Razzak/Shuvo, 10. Rubel, 11. Shafiul, 12. Nayeem.

  • kas on November 26, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    I think it will be a dissapointment if we don't do a Bangla-Wash. I hope Tamim is preparing himself to beat Sachin's 200 run record in ODI. I just hope they don't become complaicent. Goodluck Bangladesh.

  • Dummy4 on November 26, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    sachit1979,andy quit international cricket to concentrate on mining.tuskers couldnt meet his asking price,so he walked.as for doug,i think he's just not gud enough to make the team anymore.zim should have included hondo in the squad,we need some cover for the spineless pace attack we have.though i dnt think it wld be a bad idea to look at guys njabulo ncube in the future.he's got 1 of the best economy rates so far in the domestic league.a bit of international experience might help his development.for the umpteenth time,cld cric info pliz look into why seane ervine and anthony ireland dnt wanna come play for zim...

  • Dummy4 on November 26, 2010, 11:29 GMT

    hami shld perfom bt he shldnt open put in taylor wit chibhabha hamu in at 3, taibu, butterworths....zim shld put in a decent score wit e rest of the battn 2 cum...we shld win in bangladesh

  • Sachit on November 25, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    Could somebody please tell what happened to Andy Blignaut and Doug Marillier? I don't see them playing even domestic Cricket. Why Zimbabwean selectors are ignoring their experience to prepare for WC 2011. Andy Blignaut is proven all rounder with both bowl and bat and Doug has great past credentials in subcontinent.

  • Dummy4 on November 25, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    Bangladesh should make spin wicket. The team got some brilliant spinners like shakib, Razzak, Shuvo. But they goanna make pace wicket. This decision would be wrong. Zim is a very strong team now. But weak in spin.

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