Zim resume camp for ICC World Twenty20

HARARE - The Zimbabwe cricket team got into camp yesterday to begin preparations for the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh next month.

The 15-man squad for the tournament, which begins on March 16, was belatedly submitted to the ICC on Friday following a player strike that had put the team’s participation in doubt.

Players have now been paid after the struggling Zimbabwe cricket board was given a $3 million loan by the ICC.

Yesterday, the squad bowlers had a batting session with net bowlers at 9 o’clock and then the batsmen arrived 30 minutes later for 45 minutes of catching practice. This was followed by a two-hour net session leading to lunch.

The afternoon session began at 1430 hours, and ended with shuttles which began at 1615 hours.

The programme continues until Saturday, then there will be a break on Sunday before camp resumes on Monday until departure for Bangladesh on March 5.

Hamilton Masakadza is the most experienced batsman alongside skipper Brendan Taylor.

Spinner Tafadzwa Kamungozi’s inclusion was the major surprise from Zimbabwe. The 26-year-old leg spinner played the last of his four one-day internationals in 2006 and has no international T20 experience.

Zimbabwe are in Group B of the World Twenty20 qualifiers, with Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates. The group winner will proceed with the winner of the other group comprising Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong and Nepal to the Super 10 stage.

In that stage, the group B winner will join England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and New Zealand in group 1. The group A winner will join Australia, India, Pakistan and the West Indies in group 2.

The top two sides after round-robin play in the groups will proceed to the  knock-out stage leading to the final.

Squad: Brendan Taylor (captain), Hamilton Masakadza, Prosper Utseya, Elton Chigumbura, Sean Williams, Malcolm Waller, Vusi Sibanda, Sikander Raza Butt, Brian Vitori, Tendai Chatara, Natsai M'shangwe, Shingirai Masakadza, Timycen Maruma, Tafadzwa Kamungozi, Tinashe Panyangara.

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tmak - 25 February 2014

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