Zimbabwe v Australia ODIs May 21, 2004

Taibu continues to lead depleted side

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Zimbabwe have announced a 14-man squad for the three one-day internationals against Australia, at Harare on May 25, 27 and 29. The ODIs were brought forward after the cancellation of the two scheduled Test matches.

Tatenda Taibu continues to lead a weakened team in the absence of the so-called rebel players, who originally made themselves available for selection for the one-day games, but were today sacked - again - by the Zimbabwe Cricket Union.

The ZCU press release announcing the side stated: "The squad does not include the contracted players who have been refusing to play and have further breached their contracts by making themselves available for selection conditionally, in breach of Paragraph 4.1.1 of their contracts, which requires them to play representative cricket for Zimbabwe in any match for which any of them are selected. The players have also contravened Paragraph 4.1.13 of their contracts which prohibits them from making public statements without the prior consent of the Zimbabwe Cricket Union."

Zimbabwe squad
Dion Ebrahim, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Brendan Taylor, Vusumuzi Sibanda, Mark Vermeulen, Elton Chigumbura, Tatenda Taibu (capt and wk), Alester Maregwede, Tinashe Panyangara, Tawanda Mupariwa, Mluleki Nkala, Douglas Hondo, Edward Rainsford, Waddington Mwayenga.