Williams out of Kenya, Afghan series

HARARE - All-rounder Sean Williams will be out of action for at least five weeks after he broke his left finger during a batting practice session with his franchise Matabeleland Tuskers in Bulawayo on Tuesday.

The development will see the left-arm spinner subsequently missing the incoming Zimbabwe A home series against Kenya as well as the senior men’s national team Dubai five-match One Day International series against Afghanistan.

The 31-year-old made his last ODI appearance in July last year away against Sri Lanka in the fifth and final match which Zimbabwe won by three wickets to record their first ever series triumph against the Asian side in their own backyard.

Zimbabwe A, the national team’s development side host Kenya in four one-dayers scheduled to begin this Sunday at Mutare Sports Club while the senior team currently participating in the Tri-Nation ODI series in Bangladesh heads straight to Dubai soon after their triangular series.

All these tournaments are being used as preparatory games ahead of the World Cup Qualifiers that Zimbabwe is set to host in March. The top two teams from the qualifiers will join the other top-eight cricketing nations at the 2019 World Cup to be hosted by England and Wales.

“I have been practising with Tuskers and I was part of the Zimbabwe A squad to face Kenya in Mutare until Tuesday after I broke my finger batting in the nets and will miss both the Kenya and Afghanistan series’,” Williams told the Daily News from Bulawayo yesterday.

“I will be travelling down to Harare tomorrow (today) to see a specialist before undergoing an operation which provisionally I’m told requires at least five to six weeks on the side-lines.”

Williams was not part of the Zimbabwe Test squad that took part in the historic four-day Test match against South Africa in December albeit in a disappointing day and a half defeat. He also missed the ongoing Bangladesh triangular series and is gutted to be further relegated to the bench owing to this latest injury.

“I wasn’t part of the Test squad for South Africa in December because I was getting treatment in SA, I also missed the ongoing Bangladesh tri-series because I did not produce my medical report which prompted the officials to leave me out of the side,” Williams added.

With the World Cup Qualifiers imminent and competition for places intensifying, Williams remains unsure whether he will be ready to fight for his own place in time for the March games.

“The big question is whether I will be fine by the time the qualifiers come, I’m not 100 percent sure. I would count myself unlucky after missing out on the team selection since July last year I had hoped to reunite with my teammates during the Kenya series but that’s life will see how it goes after my visit to the specialist,” he said.

According to the itinerary gleaned by the Daily News, Kenya are scheduled to arrive in the country tomorrow and drive straight to Mutare with the first match set for Sunday and the last of the four being played on February 4.

Zim A squad for Kenya series.

Ryan Murray (Wicketkeeper), Sean Williams (injured), Ryan Burl, Brendon Mavuta, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Richard Ngarava, Wellington Masakadza, Prince Masvaure, Timycen Maruma, Chris Mpofu, Neville Madziva, Rugare Magarira, Cephas Zhuwao, Chamu Chibhabha, Regis Chakabva, Tarisai Musakanda, Donald Tiripano, Brian Vitori.

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