Trio back for NZ series

HARARE – Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) limited overs captain Elton Chigumbura, allrounder Sean Williams and seamer Tinashe Panyangara are available to face New Zealand in Sunday’s opening ODI at Harare Sports Club.

Chigumbura was rested for the Twenty20 series decider against India earlier this month after pulling a hamstring.

Panyangara and Williams were sidelined during the ODI series against the former World Champions after suffering a side-muscle tear and a knee injury respectively.

Newly-appointed ZC convenor of selectors Kenyon Ziehl was pleased with this latest development.“They are all looking fine, as we speak today everyone is available for selection including the captain, Sean Williams and Tinashe Panyangara,” Ziehl told the Daily News.

“We are definitely going all out for victory, you know we always go all out for victory.“We just didn’t cross the line in our first game against India and that would have set the tone for the whole tour.

“We are going to work with pretty much the same strategy; going out for the first game which is really important.“Once you get that under your belt then the rest of the ODIs follow.

“We always go out there trying to win with our best side and we just gonna (sic) learn to win and make it a culture.

“If our last game was a win that means the boys have confidence and they know how to cross the line.”

Ziehl, who makes a comeback to chair the selection panel to replace Givemore Makoni, is pleased to be working with the national team again.

“It’s always a great privilege and honour to serve the national team. I’m very pleased and hope I can just do my best,” he said.

“It’s always a challenge and you just want to give your best for your national team and you know if you can serve your country in this capacity that you are very honoured and welcome.

“It’s always a challenge and we just wanna (sic) get the best side on the field and to produce results as well by choosing the best team available at the time and I think we are thinking the same thing with my committee who are also under pressure to produce results.”

The Black Caps arrived in the country yesterday afternoon for a series comprising three ODIs and a single Twenty20 encounter.

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson and team captain Kane Williamson, who is standing in for Brendon McCullum who was rested for the tour, led their troops upon arrival at Harare International Airport yesterday.

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