<
>

Musakanda, Mumba among new faces in Zimbabwe's tri-series squad

Carl Mumba made his international debut in the recently concluded Test series against Sri Lanka AFP

Batsman Tarisai Musakanda and fast bowler Carl Mumba - both uncapped in ODIs - have been included in Zimbabwe's 16-man squad for the forthcoming home tri-series against Sri Lanka and West Indies. Musakanda and Mumba are among five players who have come into Zimbabwe's ODI squad after missing the side's previous ODI assignment, a home series against India in June.

The other key names returning to the squad are Brian Chari, Tinashe Panyangara and Chris Mpofu. Both Chari and Mpofu last played an ODI in 2015, while Panyangara was picked after recovering from a back injury that forced him to miss the ODIs against India and the two-Test series against New Zealand.

Chari, an opening batsman, has played just five Tests and four ODIs in his nascent international career. He scored 80 against Sri Lanka in the second Test, which finished the day before the ODI squad was announced. Mumba, who made his international debut in the recently concluded Test series against Sri Lanka, has taken eight wickets in two Tests at 37.25. Musakanda has not played any international cricket, but has performed consistently in recent outings for Zimbabwe A and Zimbabwe Development XI.

Meanwhile, top-order batsman Vusi Sibanda was left out of the squad. Sibanda scored a half-century in the ODIs against India, but was in indifferent form during Zimbabwe A's List A fixtures against Pakistan A in September-October. Wicketkeeper Richmond Mutumbami has also been omitted, which means Peter Moor will likely be entrusted with the gloves, despite his patchy showing behind the stumps in the Tests against Sri Lanka.

Six other players who were part of the ODI squad against India - Tendai Chatara, Neville Madziva, Timycen Maruma, Wellington Masakadza, Tawanda Mupariwa and Taurai Muzarabani - have also been left out.

The tri-series starts from November 14, with the first match between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka in Harare. The final will be played in Bulawayo on November 27.