Afghanistan in Zimbabwe 2016-17 February 15, 2017

Ngarava, Mumba added to Zimbabwe squad for Afghanistan ODIs

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Carl Mumba debuted in Test cricket against Sri Lanka last year © AFP

Richard Ngarava, the uncapped left-arm pacer, and Carl Mumba have been added to Zimbabwe's squad for the home ODI series against Afghanistan in Harare, beginning on Thursday.

Ngarava first impressed in the Under-19 World Cup early last year when he took five wickets in as many matches, including 4 for 10 in nine overs against South Africa. Ngarava was also at the receiving end of the Mankad dismissal at the same event, when he was the last man out as West Indies pacer Keemo Paul whipped off the bails at the non-striker's end to run him out and seal the win with a quarter-final spot at stake. More recently, Ngarava made his List A debut in the five-match series against Afghanistan A, and in his second match in the same series took 3 for 24.

Mumba, the 21-year-old right-arm pacer, earned his maiden Test and ODI caps last year when Sri Lanka visited the country. He had a lacklustre start to his debut Test, taking 1 for 101 in 24 overs, but hit back with four scalps in the second innings. In his only ODI, he conceded 31 runs in four overs without picking up a wicket. Mumba was also part of the series against Afghanistan A and snared a five-wicket haul in the second ODI, albeit in a losing effort.

The two pacers join the 14-man squad that was named last week; two spots had been left open until the end of the domestic List A competition, the Pro50 Championship, which concluded on Sunday. Zimbabwe face Afghanistan in five ODIs across 11 days. All the matches are scheduled to take place at the Harare Sports Club.

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  • cricfan62295686 on February 17, 2017, 10:49 GMT

    inshaullah we won all the game form Zimbabwa

  • Stone_wall on February 15, 2017, 14:54 GMT

    Good to see that they are giving some of the younger pace bowlers a chance. The tried and tested guys have not really set the world alight so give the youngsters a shot and if they take the opportunity then happy days. The openers' slot is going to be an interesting call, I can't see anyone that sticks out as an opener - maybe Moor and Raza / Musakanda. My XI - Moor (wk), Musakanda, Burl, Ervine, Raza, M Waller, Mire, Cremer, Tiripano, Chatara, Mumba.

  • Uncle Chuck Tembo on February 15, 2017, 11:07 GMT

    I forsee a disaster here for Zim. The squad is short of batsmen. So PJ Moor and Musakanda will open, with Ervine, Raza, Chigumbura and Burl coming in the middle, then probably Cremer and Tiripano after that. I can see Hamilton and Williams being called back midway through the series, as well as Chisoro maybe. But at the end of the day, Heath Streak and Tatenda Taibu should be willing to take up the blame if this experiment fails. I am all for the idea of promoting the youth, and giving under performing seniors a "reality check", but the A series was a complete disaster, and the fact that several members of that A team have been rewarded for that just doesn't sit well with me. Anyway, best of luck to Zim...

  • cricfan08273861 on February 15, 2017, 10:59 GMT

    Two fine prospect for Zim ,hope they handle them carefully.Hamid Qadir Kashmir

  • keepcalmandslaptheumpire on February 15, 2017, 9:47 GMT

    Hopefully these young guns can learn some tricks of the trade from Streak and Ntini and look to their Southern cousins at the rise of Rabada and his work ethic for South Africa as inspiration for themselves. Good look Zimbabwe but it looks as though Afghanistan is a more all-rounded team not to mention our batsmen are fairly inept against good spin bowling which they have with their young leg-spinning allrounder Rashid Khan and their consistent left armer Hamza Hotak along with the ever usual off-spin of Mohammed Nabi.

  • Elton_Phiri on February 15, 2017, 6:59 GMT

    Two very promising young bowlers both with decent pace. Ngarava's height gives him an edge to bowl unplayable length bowls. But like Mumba, he needs to have some consistencies in his length. They have a some tendency of spraying deliveries all over the deck sometimes, but these can be worked on as they're still young. Props to Heath for having faith in the young players giving hope to the future of Zimbabwean cricket

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