World T20 2016 news March 1, 2016

Injured Cremer, Jongwe, Madziva out of World T20

ESPNcricinfo staff

Graeme Cremer injured his left forearm in a practice match against West Indies in Sharjah © AFP

Zimbabwe legspinner Graeme Cremer and pacers Luke Jongwe and Neville Madziva have been ruled out of the World TwentyT20 after they sustained injuries during practice matches in the UAE, according to Zimbabwe Cricket. Their replacements in the squad are allrounder Chamu Chibhabha, fast bowler Tawanda Mupariwa and Donald Tiripano, who was on the stand-by list when the team for India was first announced. Chibhabha and Tiripano were with the team in the UAE for the practice matches.

Cremer suffered a fracture in his left forearm while batting in the first practice match against West Indies in Sharjah on Saturday. In the same match, Madziva hurt his right thumb while attempting a return catch.

Jongwe, meanwhile, injured himself while attempting a return catch against Sharjah Cricket Club on Tuesday. Having been hit on the right eye, Jongwe has been advised three-four weeks of rest by a neurosurgeon, to give the injury time to heal.

Mupariwa played his last T20I match in October 2008, while his last international game for Zimbabwe was during the tour of Pakistan in May 2015. Both Tiripano and Chibhabha last played for Zimbabwe against Afghanistan in January. Chibhabha was a part of the squad for Bangladesh but did not get a game in the four-match T20I series.

Zimbabwe are in Group B of the first round in the World T20, along with Afghanistan, Scotland and Hong Kong. They will play their first match against Hong Kong in Nagpur on March 8. The top team in Group B will join England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies in Group 1 of the Super 10s stage.

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  • Mahmudul on March 2, 2016, 9:22 GMT

    Unbelievable stuff by Zim. Creamer was is superb form. In indians pitches he would have been the fear factor for other teams. Zim should have been more careful with him. What a loss for them?

  • Sameer Mirza on March 2, 2016, 9:11 GMT

    No need for Ervine... 66 runs in 7 innings at strike rate of 79 in recently domestic T20 tournament.... utseya will be better T20 batsman than him

  • Ben on March 2, 2016, 8:11 GMT

    Moreso than the other two, Cremer is a huge loss. A shame, as he is one of the more talented leggies going around on the international scene, and can certainly hold a bat.

  • Kumarpal on March 2, 2016, 7:18 GMT

    Oh no! Greame Cremer out he was in the form of his life

  • D on March 2, 2016, 6:25 GMT

    Very sad news for ZIm. Cremer was the only consistent bowler for Zim who had the ability to take wickets and be economical. Should be the reason why West Indies won the last practice match by 10 wickets! . Zims bench strength for bowling is too short to be a real threat against any team. Now its upto Williams , Chibhabha and Raza to get the spin going. Wonder why Waller has given up bowling. Now Really getting difficult for Zim to move up the initial stages.

  •   Muhib Afzal on March 2, 2016, 5:13 GMT

    YESSSS!! as an Afghan I was afraid of Cremer. Now I'm relieved.

  • Zahirshah Haidari on March 2, 2016, 4:57 GMT

    Hopefully Afghanistan take the advantage of the situation and qualify for the next round....

  • Maung on March 2, 2016, 4:39 GMT

    Afghanistan need to resurgent here. They should forget the failure of making a place to Asia cup final round. Hopefully, you can come back. We waiting to enjoy your days.

  • Musty on March 2, 2016, 1:11 GMT

    Sorry to hear this Zimbabwean fans but as an Afghan it will make it easy for us to qualify if we have a good day.

  • Andrew on March 1, 2016, 23:25 GMT

    Shame Cremer is out - though not sure our chances of success have changed much. :-) Ervines never been that great at T20. His record is significantly better in the longer formats. Chatara was our best bowler in the ODI WC, lets hope he returns to form. Hoping Masakadza converts recent league form to international runs (been hoping that for 12 years mind) and goes out (surely!) On a high & Moor proves he has talent and can handle this level Thats all i ask....

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