Utseya ban leaves Zim in a spin

HARARE - Now that we have some sort of idea as to how the ruling of suspect bowling actions work, it may not be a bad idea to contemplate Prosper Utseya's replacement.

We have acknowledged the fact that Prosper is probably at the height of his career after a very successful outing against the South Africa and Australia, but the truth of the matter is that the show must go on, with or without key players.

Fortunately, Zimbabwe is blessed with an armoury of decent spinners.

John Nyumbu has been very impressive in his short international career, while the likes of Tafadzwa Kamungozi, Wellington Masakadza and Tinotenda Mutombodzi gave good accounts of themselves when the A team toured Bangladesh.

Kamungozi in particular not only took wickets, which is what you expect from your leg spinner, but in most of the matches, he displayed good control, which can be difficult for most leg spinners.

Zimbabwe also have the part time but very affective spin of Sean Williams, who has always had a good time of it in Bangladesh, as well as Greg Lamb, should he be selected.

The concern most countries must now, however, be faced with, is the danger of their off spinner being reported and then found guilty of bowling with an illegal action.

So are we to lay low for a while, and not pick one single off spinner? Which would mean the exclusion of Nyumbu and Lamb?

Or do we back ourselves and pick the best squad available, picking them on form and not for any other reason?

It probably wouldn't be the end of the world if no off spinner was selected, because the leg spinners and left arm orthodox spinners we have seem to be safe. (For the moment at least)

You do, however, love having the thought of being able to have a right-arm off-spinner bowling to left handed batsmen, something which Bangladesh seem to churn out as regularly as they churn out left-arm spinners.

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