Coventry poised for Zimbabwe return

Zimbabwe's selectors are not expected to spring any surprises when they name their 15-man squad for the Twenty20 World Championship to be held in South Africa next month.

Although Zimbabwe has staged a domestic Twenty20 competition of sorts, the pool of players available for selection is shallow and so the squad will be based on recent one-day performances.

The only surprise could be the inclusion of Charles Coventry who has not played international cricket for over a year. Coventry, a hard-hitting batsman, is better suited for the Twenty20 game and was named in a provisional 30-man squad that was never made public. Also in that group was Gregory Strydom, who is playing club cricket in England at the moment.

Coventry walked out on Zimbabwe during their tour of the West Indies in May last year after he fell out with coach Kevin Curran and Andy Pycroft, at the time the team manager. He failed to resolve his differences with Curran and never reported for camp ahead of the World Cup, missing out on the prestigious event.