Afghanistan in Zimbabwe 2014 July 22, 2014

Sibanda dropped for remaining Afghanistan ODIs

ESPNcricinfo staff

Vusi Sibanda has been dropped from the Zimbabwe squad for the remaining two ODIs against Afghanistan. Richmond Mutumbami has been named as Sibanda's replacement.

Sibanda made 4 in the first match of the series and was not included for the second one-dayer. A release from Zimbabwe Cricket said that Sibanda had been left out following "indifferent performances."

Givemore Makoni, the convener of selectors, told Sibanda that he could remain in Bulawayo and train with the squad, but the batsman chose to return to Harare to work on his game. Makoni said that Sibanda will join the squad again for the forthcoming tours by South Africa and Australia so that the selectors can look at him again.

Sibanda is one of the most experienced Zimbabwe batsmen, and has made 2710 runs in 112 ODIs at an average of 25.09. He averaged 36 in 13 ODIs in 2013 with one hundred and three fifties.

Mutumbami made 73 for Zimbabwe A in the second tour match against Afghanistan last week. He is yet to play limited-overs cricket for Zimbabwe, although he has figured in four Tests.

Zimbabwe squad Brendan Taylor (capt), Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva, Tendai Chatara, Elton Chigumbura, Tafadzwa Kamungozi, Timycen Maruma, Hamilton Masakadza, Shingi Masakadza, Natsai M'shangwe. Richmond Mutumbami, Tinashe Panyangara, Donald Tiripano, Prosper Utseya, Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams

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