Utseya, Vitori in Zim A squad

HARARE - Experinced spinner Prosper Utseya, batsman Craig Ervine and seamer Brian Vitori have been called up to the Zimbabwe A side to play associate side Canada in five limited overs matches in Harare.

The three players have been included so that they get some form ahead of possible selection into Zimbabwe’s World Cup squad next month.

Utseya missed Zimbabwe’s recent tour of Bangladesh after being suspended from bowling by the International Cricket Committee for an illegal action.

The ban on the 29-year-old off-spinner was lifted last month after remedial work and a re-test, although his off-spin was found to be illegal.

Ervine toured Bangladesh but was out of form while Vitori did not make the traveling party due to injury. 

“Our preparations have been good so far although we have had disturbances here and there because of the bad weather. We however hope to adjust and keep focused for the games,” Zimbabwe A coach Shepherd Makunura told the Daily News yesterday.  

“We have included some of the national team players like Craig Ervine, Brian Vitori and Prosper Utseya so that they can have game time since they have been on the sidelines.

“We hope to win all our matches and with the type of players we have, I think it’s very possible. Morale in the team is very high and the boys are looking forward to a good outing.”

Makunura added: “Originally, the tour was meant to prepare the squad for the World Cup but then Zimbabwe Cricket decided to try and give exposure to the youngsters.” 

Canada, who failed to qualify for next month’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, will use the visit to Zimbabwe as preparations for their WCL Division Two tournament which will take place in Namibia from January 17 to 24.

The North Americans are expected in the country today.

ZIM A SQUAD

Brian Chari, Cephas Zhuwawo, Kudzi Maunze, Wellington Masakadza, Ryan Burl, Tino Mutombodzi, Charles Kunje, Timycem Maruma, Cuthbert Musoko, PJ Moor, Herbert Chikomba, Taurai Muzarabani, Godwill Mhamhiyo, Steven Chimhamhiwa, Tawanda Mupariwa, Luke Jongwe, Richmond Mutumbami, Craig Ervine, Brian Vitori, Prosper Utseya.

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