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Panyangara replaces Rainsford in Zimbabwe squad

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February 17, 2011

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Tinashe Panyangara celebrates Nafis Iqbal's wicket, Bangladesh v Zimbabwe, 2nd Test, Dhaka, 5th day, January 18 2005
Tinashe Panyangara last played for Zimbabwe in 2005 Farjana K Godhuly / © AFP
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Zimbabwe bowler Ed Rainsford has been ruled out of the World Cup due to an ankle injury and Tinashe Panyangara has been named as his replacement. Rainsford, who has played 39 ODIs and two Twenty20 games, is the third Zimbabwe player to be ruled out of the World Cup after batsman Tino Mawoyo and allrounder Sean Ervine.

Panyangara, who is yet to play a World Cup game, bowled the Zimbabwe Under-19 side to victory over Australia at the 2003-04 World Cup with 6 for 31 and soon after, was fast-tracked into the national side during the rebel crisis. He made his international debut in 2004 and after initial success, suffered a stress fracture of the back, missed a year of cricket and drifted out of contention before moving to England to play club cricket.

Panyangara last played for the national side in 2005 but returned to Zimbabwe cricket late last year after he was signed up by domestic franchise Mountaineers for the 2010-11 season. He has played three Tests and 23 ODIs for Zimbabwe.

Rainsford is the eighth player to be replaced in the tournament after Mawoyo, Ervine, Australia's Nathan Hauritz and Michael Hussey, Praveen Kumar from India, England's Eoin Morgan and Sohail Tanvir of Pakistan.


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Posted by Pondai on (February 18, 2011, 14:08 GMT)

I think Panyangara will do the job as he is got the required experience at such a level. Although of cause his pace has dropped down experience counts, remember Mortaza demolished us in the final ODI even if his speed has dropped and even the action has changed. I do agree though that Hami should have been considered now that he has picked form again in the domestic league. Elton will always cover up for seam, in any case he bowled very well for his county team better than he batted. Good luck ZIM, I know you will make it.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 18, 2011, 9:31 GMT)

I KNEW IT rainsfords injury will be a serious blow 2 their perofrmance

how much i expected from zimbabwe with no rainsford almost all mi hopes gone plz guys plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz dont disappoint me i know u dont hav ur best seamer but still do ur best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Bryton on (February 18, 2011, 7:31 GMT)

Did we really need a like for like replacement? (Is it part of the rules?). Do we need 3 quicks, when we all know we will play 1? It is now abundantly clear there has been a fall out between Hamilton and the selectors. How else do you explain 3 opportunities to recall him, even after the ill conceived and ill timed experiment with Coventry as an opener has failed (twice vs the "mighty" Irish and also vs the Proteas), Hamilton has been overlooked, for Mawoyo, then Duffin, players not at the same level with Hami (even an off form Hami). It is such dubious selection criteria which will give those hell bent on destroying our cricket room to interfere. I support selection base on merit, and merit alone, and based on that, surely Hami (even off form) is not less than what we have selected as Taylor's opening partner.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 17, 2011, 18:15 GMT)

Panyangara has lost his class of the old daes he nolonger has the pace he used to have back then, and he has not made a mark domestically since his return haacha mhanyise llike back in his daes. Zimbos shud not expect much from him

Posted by ZCF on (February 17, 2011, 17:35 GMT)

This should really have been our world cup squad with my preferred and undoubtedly the best possible 11 in order: 1taylor, 2masakadza, 3williams, 4taibu, 5coventry, 6craig ervine, 7chigumbura, 8utseya, 9panyangarara, 10price, 11mpofu, 12duffin, 13lamb, 14butterworth, 15rainsford. If Masakadza fails Duffin is there. We bat up to nine even if one of the seamers make way for Lamb. But Let's not kid ourselves, for the Test return Campbell and the entire setup up should find the money and everything else necessary to make sure sean ervine, anthony ireland and colin de grandhomme get into the team and play in our local setup. Not to forget making sure a speedy recovery to kyle jarvis. Watch out for Gary Ballance. Vusi Sibanda shouldn't be written off. Forster Mutizwa should be next in line after Taibu - no more confusion with keepers.

Posted by Lalith on (February 17, 2011, 11:06 GMT)

ZIM might win WC in 20 years.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 17, 2011, 7:08 GMT)

Zimbabwe cold just have found their dark horse which could jusr prove to be the trojan they needed in the oppositions camp, this guy can bowl and at pace and with precision , his domestic form has been good, and his temprament is right up there....could just be the replacement for Olonga zima have been looking for.

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