HARARE - Zimbabwe cricket vice captain Graeme Cremer is gutted after a fractured left forearm ruled him out of the forthcoming ICC World T20 which starts next week in India.
Cremer became the latest top local cricketer to be ruled out of the tournament after taking a blow from a bouncer during a warm-up match against the West Indies at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Dubai on Saturday.
Naturally the leg spinner, who was relishing the chance to help Zimbabwe go through the qualifying round, was left shattered.
“Injuries..... #gutted!!!” Cremer, 29, posted on his official Twitter account yesterday.
Cremer will be returning to Zimbabwe together with all rounder Luke Jongwe and bowler Neville Madziva, who also suffered injuries in Dubai.
Madziva was ruled out of the cricket showpiece after he injured his right thumb while bowling in the same match against the West Indies on Saturday.
Jongwe was hospitalised after he was struck above the right eye during the team’s 17-run win over Sharjah Cricket Club on Tuesday last week.
The 21-year-old suffered a head injury after he mistimed a return catch but is now in a stable condition.
Jongwe also took to Twitter to express his frustration.
“It’s so sad to be leaving the team with @gagzmdz @GraemeCremer ... Our journey ends here..... All the best to the team @ICC,” tweeted the 21-year-old.
Zimbabwe had brought 17 players to the training camp in Dubai and with three members ruled out due to injury only seamer Tawanda Mupariwa will be joining the team.
The team left Dubai yesterday and will stop over in New Delhi, India, before proceeding to Dharamshala where they have scheduled two more warm-up matches.
Zimbabwe will take on Bangladesh on Friday, before rounding up their programme against Ireland on Sunday.
Dav Whatmore’s men are in the qualifying Group B for the ICC World T20 together with Hong Kong, Scotland and Afghanistan.
Zimbabwe’s first match in the tournament is against Hong Kong next Tuesday at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur.