Sibanda to resume rehab

HARARE - Injured Zimbabwe batsman Vusi Sibanda is confident of recovering quickly from a freak training injury which has resulted in him getting a precautionary rest.

The 31-year-old Mid West Rhinos player sustained a right ankle injury during a warm-up session at Harare Sports Club last week.

The right-handed batsman is expecting is expected to compete his mini-rehabilitation this Friday and resume full training sometime next week.

“It wasn’t as bad as many thought, the scans have revealed there’s no fracture. I’m feeling just as good but not at 100 percent so I’m only getting to rest as a precautionary measure as advised by the doctors,” Sibanda told the Daily News.

“I should be back to my rehab on Friday before joining the rest of the guys in camp early next week.”

The national team is currently in camp preparing for the impeding tour by India next month.

The tour however, is yet to be finalised and according to Zimbabwe Cricket’s admission, it could be postponed to next year if the two boards fails to find common ground in time for a July series.

Sibanda said the scheduled tour by India, ICC highest earners in terms of television rights, was an opportunity not to be missed.

He said he was looking forward to better his past performance against Pakistan last month.

Zimbabwe became only the first Test playing nation to tour Pakistan in six years since the infamous gunmen attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in 2009.

The locals also got a reminder of the 2009 incident after a terrorists attack killed two people outside the ground during the One Day International series.

“It was my first tour in a long while (not giving this as a excuse) but it was an important curve for me, lots of improvement still needed though and we can only improve as a team by playing many quality games of this nature,” he said.

“India are a quality side, one wouldn’t have asked for a better opponent and having them at home as well equally be important because we have the home support to play for besides just taking care of our individual performances.”

Zimbabwe are set to host India in a home series comprising of three ODIs and two Twenty20s starting with the 50 overs’ series on July 10 at Harare Sports Club.

Zimbabwe coach Dav Whatmore also backed Sibanda to bounce back in just a week.

“It was just a minor accident that left Vusi with a sprained ankle,” Whatmore told Zimbabwe Cricket.

“He should be okay after a week.”

Zimbabwe training squad: Sikandar Raza Butt, Regis Chakabva, Chamunorwa Chibhabha, Elton Chigumbura, Graeme Cremer, Craig Ervine, Luke Jongwe, Roy Kaia,Tafadzwa Kamungozi, Neville Madziva, Hamilton Masakadza, Christopher Mpofu, Richmond Mutumbami, Tinashe Panyangara, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Donald Tiripano, Prosper Utseya, Brian Vitori, Malcolm Waller and Sean Williams.

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