Zimbabwe in Bangladesh 2016 January 10, 2016

Sibanda, Vitori return for Bangladesh T20s

ESPNcricinfo staff

Vusi Sibanda last played for Zimbabwe in July 2015 © Associated Press

Batsman Vusi Sibanda and left-arm seamer Brian Vitori return to the Zimbabwe squad for the four T20Is against Bangladesh starting on January 15. Sean Williams, who was ruled out of Zimbabwe's ongoing Twenty20 series against Afghanistan with a groin injury, is also part of the 16-man side.

Tinashe Panyangara and Craig Ervine were notable exceptions, although reports suggested Ervine had caught the flu after scoring 73 in an ODI two weeks ago. Panyangara was picked for the tour of UAE, but has not played a single game so far.

Sibanda had been in terrible form over the past two years. His last fifty in international cricket had come in August 2013, and since then he has averaged 16.34 in 24 matches across formats. He has not played for Zimbabwe since July 2015, but his recent domestic record shows clear signs of improvement. This past December, he struck back-to-back fifties in List A cricket and racked up three fifty-plus scores in four innings in first-class cricket including 140 and 90 in the same match.

Vitori has spent the same amount of time outside the Zimbabwe team as Sibanda. He comes back as one of four frontline seamers including Neville Madziva, Luke Jongwe and Taurai Muzarabani. Donald Tiripano, who had made his T20I debut a couple of days ago, did not find a place among them. Graeme Cremer will lead the spin attack along with left-armer Tendai Chisoro and Wellington Masakadza.

Zimbabwe will fly out to Dhaka on January 11, mere hours after wrapping up their limited-overs series against Afghanistan in the UAE.

Zimbabwe squad: Elton Chigumbura, Malcolm Waller, Peter Moor, Sikandar Raza, Graeme Cremer, Hamilton Masakadza, Wellington Masakadza, Richmond Mutumbami, Sean Williams, Chamu Chibhabha, Neville Madziva, Luke Jongwe, Taurai Muzarabani, Tendai Chisoro, Vusi Sibanda, Brian Vitori

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  • ZCF on January 12, 2016, 11:25 GMT

    Logical move to bring back Vusi SIbanda. Was silly to leave him out anyway. Great to see Vitori back. Zimbabwe does not have the pace talent to afford to exclude him in any format's squad. Panyangara must be injured because he was by far and away the best seamer the Series before. Raza has been in horrible form so he misses out for me. If consistency must be applied he deserves to be dropped. Malcolm Waller should never have been picked for this tour. At least he delivers while a Series is still alive unlike Williams, but with Raza's exclusion, Williams' spin might be handy. The big question still remains - WILL "LEAD SPINNER" CREMER FINALLY OPEN THE BOWLING??? Batting all the way down to XI: Moor(wk), Williams, HMasakadza, Sibanda, Chigumbura(c), Chamu, Vitori, Jongwe, Cremer, Chisoro, Madziva.

  • D on January 12, 2016, 6:13 GMT

    Zimbabwe badly needs some fresh ideas, maybe from a new captain. It was really disappointing to see Zim losing very badly to Afg. Currently the only specialist and best bowler available is Cremer and he also proved to be a good solid batsman. Masakadza and Moor/Waller will be the best opening pair as in a T20, you got only less overs and hence try to make use of each and every ball. Mutumbami, although a good batsman, had a horrible time behind the stumps for the last match dropping catches and conceding extras and also not appealing for a run-out. In the first T20, Mutumbami should have really called out loudly to Hami to throw the ball for run-out instead of just watching what the fielder is doing. An aggressive wicket keeper is the one who can create more pressure in the field for the opposing team and one can really assist the bowler/captain on areas to bowl and set the field up accordingly. Waller had a good time in BPL and also in last T20s with Bangladesh but Chigu failed.

  • Andrew on January 11, 2016, 18:52 GMT

    The cupboard looks depressingly bare for Zim. A lot of average players, putting in at best average performances & and so we end up relying on the honest but unspectacular, like Masakadza and now Sibanda Waller should not play ODI. though worth a shout in the T20. What happened to Mire? Nyumbu? - i thought Mpofu had recovered from injury - he didnt get much of a chance to re-prove himself : too many players seem to come and go. Is Chatara still injured? (he looked our best in the WC) It was worth looking for better than Panyangara but i am not sure we found anyone. A necessary but depressing recall is probably valid. Jongwe and Moor provide some hope for the future, but little more than a glimmer.... Raza lost form horribly.. Desperately hoping for some good news - come on Zim!!

  • sohel on January 11, 2016, 15:34 GMT

    Mr. D whatmore not bringing nothing to Zim cricket and Zim's body language was so very unprofessional to compete in top tire

  • Ashton Mascarenhas on January 11, 2016, 14:31 GMT

    if i were a zim selector and have no vested interests my team would be: h Mazakadza, Chibahba, P Moor(wk), C ervine, S Williams, Raza, m waller, S mire, T mupariwa, G cremer, T chatara, w Mazakadza, L jongwe, R kia, B vitori, N madziva

  • WIman on January 11, 2016, 11:51 GMT

    Zim is playing for the sake of playing. not to win or not to compete. very pathetic performance under Whatmore. Sikandar raza should be dropped along with Chigumbura

  • Anup on January 11, 2016, 11:18 GMT

    Where is panyangara? He played good here.

  • Elomelo on January 11, 2016, 11:15 GMT

    @stahmedeimon, this tour is not as per invitation basis. This is part of ICC's FTP (future tour program).

  • Deepak on January 11, 2016, 9:37 GMT

    Deepak Panda given the fact that moor can keep the wickets. Can anyone justify the place of mutumbami in the side and batting higher than raza,waller,chigu. In bowling madziva looked better than tiripano. Even the squad for bangladesh is nt accepable. My 11 for bangladesh sibanda, moor, masakadaza, williams, raza, chigumbra, waller, jongwe, cremer, chisoro, madziva / vitori. Even if you look at keepers around the world in limited over format zimbabwe dont dont look good even ireland and dutch have better keepers Moor looks better .

  • Derek on January 11, 2016, 6:51 GMT

    I am surprise the WI team was not invited. I know the will not be at the world T20 but their test if you can really call them test standard recently left (AUS) the region.

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