HARARE - Former Zimbabwe cricket captain Elton Chigumbura is expected to join the rest of the squad today upon the conclusion of the inaugural Pakistan Super League whose final was on yesterday.
Chigumbura’s side Quetta Gladiators squared off against Islamabad at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium last night after which the fading all-rounder will be expected to join the national team camp in the United Arab Emirates.
Zimbabwe left for the UAE last Friday for a few international warm-up matches en route to India for next month’s ICC World Twenty20.
A 16-member team travelled to UAE including 16th man Donald Tiripano and all-rounder Chamu Chibhabha, who was a surprise exclusion from the touring World T20 squad.
Both Tiripano and Chibhabha will be making their way back to Harare after the tour of the UAE as the others proceed to India for the World T20.
ZC public relations and media manager Darlington Majonga in a statement yesterday confirmed the team’s UAE itinerary.
“Zimbabwe will play the Sharjah Cricket Club again on Thursday at the same venue, in a rescheduled programme following the unavailability of the initial opposition, the United Arab Emirates side, following their progression in the ongoing Asia Cup,” Majonga said.
“There will be two more practice matches for Zimbabwe at the Sharjah Cricket Ground, this time against the West Indies on Saturday and Monday, before departure for India and two more warm-up matches against Bangladesh on the 4th of March and Ireland on the 6th, under the International Cricket Council (ICC) practice schedule for the World Twenty20 tournament. The two matches are in Dharamshala.
“The Zimbabwe touring party will then go to Nagpur, for their ICC World Twenty20 qualifying group B matches against Hong Kong, Scotland and Afghanistan.”