India in Zimbabwe 2016 June 16, 2016

Injured Williams, Ervine out of India T20Is

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Depleted Zimbabwe seek turnaround in T20Is

Batsmen Sean Williams and Craig Ervine are not part of Zimbabwe's 18-man squad for the three T20Is against India starting on June 18 in Harare, after suffering injuries during the ODI series.

Ervine injured his hamstring in the first ODI, while Williams, who replaced him for the second game, fractured his finger at training soon after the toss.

Tendai Chisoro and Tawanda Mupariwa, who were part of the ODI squad, were left out, while the uncapped offspinner Tapiwa Mufudza earned a call-up. Brian Chari and Tinotenda Mutombodzi, who last played an international game in late 2015, were also recalled, while Chamu Chibhabha, who last played T20Is in January, was picked following decent returns in the ODI series.

Chari, an opening batsman who is yet to play T20Is, impressed for Zimbabwe A in their home series against Bangladesh A in November last year, when he struck a century to secure a draw in the second four-day fixture. Mufudza, who made his franchise debut in 2011, picked up 15 wickets in 10 T20s for Mountaineers, with best figures of 5 for 20.

Eleven members who were part of Zimbabwe's World T20 campaign, in which they failed to qualify for the main round, were retained. Among the notable omissions were Tinashe Panyangara, out with a back injury, and Luke Jongwe. Having lost the ODI series 3-0, with poor batting in all games, Zimbabwe will be hoping for better results in a format in which they are currently 12th in the ICC rankings.

"We're not going to reflect too much on the one-dayers, we are just going to look to hit the ground running in T20s," Cremer said after the ODI series loss. "We're going to try our best to turn things around."

He hoped Zimbabwe, who are ranked below Afghanistan and Netherlands, would draw inspiration from their T20 win over India last year. "I think it's motivating enough that the last T20 we played against India here is the one we won," he said. "It's motivating enough knowing how it felt when we won the last time, how good the crowd was and how we enjoyed that. Guys are looking forward to doing well and obviously having a disappointing one-day series makes us even more motivated to do well in the T20."

Zimbabwe squad: Graeme Cremer (capt), Sikandar Raza, Brian Chari, Tendai Chatara, Chamu Chibhabha, Elton Chigumbura, Neville Madziva, Timycen Maruma, Hamilton Masakadza, Wellington Masakadza, Peter Moor, Tapiwa Mufudza, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Richmond Mutumbami (wk), Taurai Muzarabani, Vusi Sibanda, Donald Tiripano, Malcolm Waller

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  •   Abdul Naym on June 16, 2016, 21:51 GMT

    instead of playing with zimbabwe we would have had a series with afghn though there batting is weak but they have quality pace and spin attack which might have tested all new players ..bcci shd think of this and have series with afg either in india or UAE..they would have given Indian new guys a hard time if not in odis atleast in T20s they would have..then we might have seen the actual credentials of our new players... but rahul and fazal were bright spots ,dhawans place is up for a toss in near future and bumrah is a gift to indian team hopefully he willl not pick any injuries....

  • Steve on June 16, 2016, 20:14 GMT

    Whatever little competitiveness Zim has had in T20s is gone with Williams, Ervine missing from the team. I think Zim and Ind should have a pre-series gentleman's agreement that India will bat first irrespective of toss. This is the only way fans get to see some decent T20 totals (around 180-200, if IPL is any benchmark) and full quota of 40 overs bowled.

  • Cricinfouser on June 16, 2016, 17:31 GMT

    Ntini you need help with slow balls slow bouncers cutters in swingers away swingers and change of pace because there was nobody fitter or anybody who tried harder than you best of luck PS try and get Fanie de Villiers to help

  • Lakpriya on June 16, 2016, 15:00 GMT

    another massacre on the cards, good that this is only 20 overs. really sad to see the state of Zim cricket at the moment. just look at the quality of some of their migrated/Kolpak players. B Taylor, Balance, Kyle Jarvis, Curren brothers. what a wonderful team that wold have been.

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