ICC World Twenty20 2014 February 24, 2014

Zimbabwe recall Tafadzwa Kamungozi for World T20

ESPNcricinfo staff

Zimbabwe have recalled legspinner Tafadzwa Kamungozi to their squad for the World Twenty20.

Kamungozi had made his ODI debut at the age of 19 against South Africa but played the last of his four international matches just a month later in October 2006.

Chamu Chibhabha and Tinotenda Mutumbodzi, who were part of the T20 squad for the series against Pakistan last year, have been named as non-travelling reserves. The Zimbabwe squad will be led by Brendan Taylor.

Zimbabwe were the last of the 16 participating countries to announce their squad. The ICC had allowed Zimbabwe more time after a two-month player strike over non-payment of salaries brought domestic cricket in the country to a halt. The strike ended earlier this month after Zimbabwe Cricket obtained sufficient funds to pay the players.

Once the strike was called off, players, divided into three teams, participated in six practice T20 games before the squad announcement. The final squad will prepare for the World T20 with a camp at the Harare Sports Club, which is expected to continue until the team's departure to Bangladesh on March 5.

As one of the bottom-placed teams in the World T20 rankings, Zimbabwe will have to compete with Ireland, Netherlands and United Arab Emirates to progress to the Super 10 stage. They are scheduled to play two warm-up games against Hong Kong and Afghanistan on March 12 and 14, before their first match of the tournament against Ireland on March 17.

Zimbabwe squad: Sikandar Raza, Tendai Chatara, Elton Chigumbura, Tafadzwa Kamungozi, Timycen Maruma, Hamilton Masakadza, Shingi Masakadza, Natsai M'shangwe, Tinashe Panyangara, Vusi Sibanda, Brendan Taylor (capt), Prosper Utseya, Brian Vitori, Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams
Non-travelling reserves: Chamu Chibhabha, Tinotenda Mawoyo, Tawanda Mupariwa, Forster Mutizwa, Tinotenda Mutombodzi.

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  • innocent on February 28, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    lack of game time against quality opposition is going to haunt Zim.

  • ZCF on February 26, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    @and1son ONLY Malcolm Waller is the wrong selection. That 30* - which is made up of runs which are as good as hits in the nets since they were mostly scored against a part-timer after the match was over - doesn't change the fact. They even promoted him up the order at other players' expense & he still failed. What makes it even worse is that he is without doubt the worst fielder in that entire squad - for a T20WC?!

    Vusi plays his shots from ball one, but in his case you know he is being instructed to curb his instinct, while Taylor(like Regis&Maruma opening) genuinely struggles when he opens in T20s&ODIs, just as he did throughout these trials (& would've been dropped to give another player the chance if he wasn't captain). Which is why he will use his captaincy to hide from there.

    Maruma is THE ONLY bowler in that squad whom you know WILL get you a wicket EVERYTIME he bowls! Unlike Waller, he's naturally aggressive & has scored more career 6s(for a tailender mostly) as a comparison.

  • Farai on February 25, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    @ TrickDaddy - the team is close to the best we have. The negativity is not about the team, but for undeserving players in the squad. @ ZCFOutcast - I have seen a lot of your comments on cricinfo but some of them are baseless. Why I mention is because e.g. Kasuza is a good player (but not in T20). Every player should be judged for every format separately. If you score 1000 runs in a first class game, you should be considered for a test call-up not an ODI/T20 call-up. The temperament for the different formats do not translate. Obviously other guys are good at all formats e.g. Taylor and Masakadza. So e.g. if Coventry was available for all formats, he should be considered for T20 but not test matches. Finally numbers don't lie, Vusi averages 14 runs in T20s at a strike rate of 91. Yes 91 for an opening batsman and has never scored a fifty. Admittedly Mawoyo I don't like too much at T20 but I agree he was a better choice than Sibanda. Maruma is no more than a part bowler and not a batter.

  • ZCF on February 25, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    Mpofu, Mufudza, Mugochi, Mawoyo, Mutizwa&Kasuza unfortunate.

    These trials have proven that Taylor does tend to take long to free his arms. His record in tournaments in NZ,SL&BD are sufficient evidence that he's a liability when chasing or trying to set big totals. The trend in T20s has been that all guys who are slow of the blocks but indispensable as far as the XI goes are slotted into the top. Pairing him with Raza will at least ensure that the scoreboard ticks along. Vusi, Hami&Chigumbura have repeatedly shown across all formats that they love to play their shots from ball one.

    Taylor, Raza, Williams, Hami, Vusi, Elton, Maruma, Panyangara, Vitori, Utseya, Mushangwe.

    They chose to make woeful Malcolm bat on in one of the matches, scoring worthless runs against a part-timer when his team had already won, so he could "earn" a place in the squad? Embarrassing!! Now we have no reserve keeper so Bundu can take HIM along on a free vacation! Bowlers, let alone batsmen, outbatted him.

  • Tichadi on February 25, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    Thats the best team that Zim can currently field, everyone here knows that if they where to field a strong team with all Zimbabwean players around this would be a different story. Anyway I hope the Zimbos take all this negativity they are getting from people and turn it into triumph. Good luck Zim!

  • Farai on February 25, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    First of all Maruma (woeful) and Sibanda (bad form and not good at T20) should not be in the squad. I would have rather had Vermeulen, 'Joe' Cremer and Mpofu/Meth in there. T20 is about attacking from the get go so the best team goes: 1) H Masakadza 2) Raza because both are attacking 3) Taylor even though needs to up strike rate 4) Chigumbura because the best attacking batsman and not to bring him too late 5) Williams 6) Waller can slog at the end 7) S Masakadza another slogger 8) Mushangwe/Chatara slogging 9)Utseya because strike rate too low but can bat 10) Panyangara 11) Vitori. Notables: If C Ervine and 'Chopper' Coventry were not having problems with the board I would have definitely taken them over Maruma and Vusi.

  • Justin on February 25, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    It will be interesting to see how Zimbabwe perform in all of their matches. Afghanistan and Ireland will pose the toughest challenges, but Hong Kong, Holland and the UAE all have players who could trouble Zimbabwe, especially Hong Kong who looked like a million dollars in the recent ICC tournament in NZ and were very unlucky not to go through to next year's World Cup. Luckily for Zimbabwe the matches against Hong Kong and Afghanistan are only-warm ups so they'll only be playing one strong side in Ireland. Given the lack of match practice though they might struggle in every game they play. Having said that I'd be very disappointed if Zimbabwe didn't comfortably beat Holland and the UAE. The match against Ireland will be the big test. Not long to go now so all will be revealed soon enough.

  • Paul on February 24, 2014, 20:54 GMT

    Travesty and tragedy for a country already losing quality players that Charles Coventry and Greg Lamb look to be lost to the national team as well. Coventry is an amazing talent with the bat at T20 (surprised that an English county don't snap him up) and Lamb is a quality all rounder. Massive pressure on their 2 or 3 top quality players to save them from embarrassment in the tournament.

  • Graham on February 24, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    Very weak squad lacking exposure to decent cricket..Fixtures against Ireland and UAE will be embarrassing..

  • Android on February 24, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    sikandar raza is the player to watch for. He is a game changer.

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