Zimabwbe A in Bangladesh 2014 May 31, 2014

Vermeulen picked in Zimbabwe A squad for Bangladesh

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Batsman Mark Vermeulen, whose career has been troubled by off-field incidents, has been picked in Zimbabwe's A squad for the tour to Bangladesh. Zimbabwe A are scheduled to play two four-day and three one-day games during the trip, but the final schedule will be announced at a later date.

Vermeulen, who has played eight Tests and 43 ODIs in the past, was the second-highest run-getter in the first-class season, scoring 580 runs at an average of 64.44 with one century and four fifties. Regis Chakabva, who scored the most first-class runs has also been named in the squad along with pacer Donald Tiripano and offspinner John Nyumbu, the leading wicket-takers in the 2013-14 first-class season. Chakabva, along with Shingi Masakadza, Tino Mawoyo and Malcolm Waller, were a part of the squad in Zimbabwe's previous Test, against Pakistan in September 2013.

Vermeulen, however, is one of the five players who will return after the four-dayers. A group of five players, including Sikandar Raza, who are being groomed as 50-over specialists will join the team in Bangladesh.

The squad will prepare for the tour with a camp in Harare, which will include a two-day game and two one-dayers. The team will depart for Bangladesh on June 28.

Zimbabwe A squad for four-dayers: Regis Chakabva, Brian Chari, Michael Chinouya, Luke Jongwe, Roy Kaia, Timycen Maruma, Shingi Masakadza, Tinotenda Mawoyo, Brighton Mugochi, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Raymond Mutumbami, John Nyumbu, Donald Tiripano, Mark Vermeulen, Malcolm Waller

Additions for one-dayers Sikandar Raza (for Mark Vermeulen), Joylord Gumbie (for Roy Kaia), Tafadzwa Kamungozi (for John Nyumbu), Neville Madziva (for Michael Chinouya), Forster Mutizwa (for Malcolm Waller)

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  • Graham on June 5, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    Vermeulen is in the squad to help...the players picked for this tour have been conned into believing that they recently played first class cricket in the Logan Cup...this was First class cricket in name alone...one of the most prominent performers in Zimbabwe domestic cricket this last season was an English minor counties player(B Wadlan) ... Even the recent ship jumper Jarvis is struggling in real cricket, now in Lancs 2nd XI and still getting spanked around the park...Zimbabwe Cricket continue to dream...not of cricket success, but grabbing more cash from where-ever possible. This cannot last much longer..In short, the last player ZC wanted to employ was Vermeulen, he is being used as a potential credibility saving performer in a very poor group of cricketers, on an overseas tour.

  • Julian on June 1, 2014, 22:18 GMT

    Good squads here which un-usual for ZC ....

    Would have been good to see Raza play the four day games as well but the others chosen are worthy of selection. Mupariwa has nothing to prove the selectors know what he is capable of so let him spend the season in Ireland gaining experience and a pay check .....

    Jongwe's selection is more to expose him to a higher standard of cricket and fast-track his development, this is the first A tour Zimbabwe has had in a long time and these tours are crucial for a players development so they can make the step up from domestic cricket to international. Every other country is hosting or sending A teams to blood their youngsters it's about time Zimbabwe joined the party .....

  • freeman on June 1, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    @ ZCO - are you saying Luke was selected because he performed well during the WC or locally? If so then you're lost. ZIM A shouldn't be picked because of U19 performance. (If that is the case then we might as well expect rabada when we host SA) If they needed an allrounder(s) mbofana or madziva are better off than him.. ZC has to be careful with these youngsters. Nurturing them doesn't mean throwing them in the deep-end. Look what we did to Kasteni and where is he now.. My point is these youngsters need more time (2 more seasons) playing fc..

  • ZCF on June 1, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    I long called for Vermeulen's presence in the Test side. This comes 3 years later than my calls, but better late than never.

    Which u19 player has performed better than Luke Jongwe? None have! Both in the recently past u19WC and domestic cricket.

    I agree, the exclusion of Kasuza is inexplicable.But then again, what of Tawanda Mupariwa the best LOIs seamer for Zimbabwe since Heath Streak?

  • Graham on June 1, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    Strange to see Luke Jongwe in the squad but none of the other(better performing) U19s ?

  • Sam on June 1, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    Glad for Mark Vermeulen. He should be in the test squad also. He should also play List A regularly so that he can push for the ODI side also. A great batsman but career interrupted for off field incidents & career threatening injury.

  • karlington on June 1, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    Its a welcome tour for the internationally starved zim cricketers. Players will improve if they are pitted against better opposition and i hope the other stronger associations come in and help this zim team.

  • freeman on June 1, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    They will play against Bangladesh A

  • mohammad on June 1, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    Whom will they play against?

  • freeman on May 31, 2014, 20:44 GMT

    why has Kasuza been left out in the 1 day squad? Shocking

    Why is Luke in the 4 day squad? Swap him with madziva (they both all rounders but madziva is a lot more experienced) better for Luke to learn playing the shorter formats

    good luck to chari, dony and madziva...

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