PJ Moor ruled out of opener

HARARE - Zimbabwe A batsman PJ Moor has been ruled out of the opening one day match against associate nation Canada that gets underway at Harare Sports Club this morning.

The 23-year-old right-handed batsman suffered a bout of flue with preliminary indications linking it to Malaria.

Zim A coach, Shepherd Makunura confirmed Moor’s absence but said the team remains in a good frame of mind heading into to the series opener.

“He’s not feeling too well at the moment and missed two practise sessions,” Makunura said of the Mid West Rhinos batsman.

“He will definitely be out for the first two games but hopefully he recovers well in time for the remaining two matches.

“We are however, looking forward to tomorrow’s (today) game and the series at large. The rest of the boys are fully fit and raring to go.”

Meanwhile, Zim A captain Prosper Utseya has thrown his weight behind the young squad, who will be playing their first international series against Canada.

He said he hopes that the experience he has gained over the years would help the team during the four-match series.

“The young players have done well at domestic level to earn their place in the side and I don’t doubt their capabilities,” Utseya told the Daily News.

“It’s also an honour and great privilege for me to be captaining this team. I believe I have acquired a lot of experience over the years that I hope will work out in our favour.”

The build-up to the series that Zimbabwe are using as part of their preparations for next month’s World Cup was affected by the rains that pummelled the capital last week.

“There’re things that we can’t control but we have to make best of what’s at our disposal,” he said.

“I believe also that Canada were subjected to the same conditions and had little time to train so that’s not really an excuse for underperforming.

“We understand our conditions better than anyone else and our goal is to win every match taking it one game at a time but we have to respect our opponent as well.”

He said the games would also be key for him as he looks to fine tune his new bowling action.

Utseya has been out of national team after he was banned for an illegal bowling action.

He subsequently missed the Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh as a result.

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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