ZC's journey into the wilderness

HARARE - Zimbabwe national cricket team departs tomorrow for a whirlwind journey into the wilderness of international cricket that will see them fulfil a limited overs series against neighbouring South Africa before proceeding to the subcontinent for another limited overs engagement and a two-match Test.

The locals will lock horns in three One Day Internationals and three Twenty20 games against the Proteas across the Limpopo.

The first ODI gets underway in Kimberly on Sunday while the second and third matches are scheduled for Bloemfontein and Paarl on October 3 and 6 respectively.

Focus switches to the T20 series set for East London, Potchefstroom and Benoni on 9, 12 and 14 October respectively and from there Zimbabwe proceeds to the
Subcontinent for a date against Bangladesh.

In Bangladesh they will play three ODIs and two Test matches.

Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza is excited on the prospects of a lengthy game time away from home.

“The preparations have gone very well, we have had quite a long camp. We only had a few weeks off after the last series so we have been in camp for maybe five to six weeks and guys have really put in a lot of hard work and I think it’s paying off.

“We are already starting to see results in the practice games that we played and I think the guys are ready and raring to go,” Masakadza said.

“Everyone is really looking forward to the tour, both tours actually because we are having tours back to back so I think the preparations have gone really well and guys are really looking forward to that.

“Obviously our target is to try and win as many games as we can. We are targeting obviously at least two in each format so that at least we have a chance to win the series.

“If we can do that then we start moving forward, mostly just to keep improving as a team and keep going from strength to strength.”

The national team welcomes back the experienced Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams and Craig Ervine who missed the home triangular series against Pakistan and Australia and the five-match ODI series as well as opener Solomon Mire and seamer Kyle Jarvis who were injured.

“It’s always good to have everyone around. The guys that didn’t play the guys that were injured it’s always good to be back to a full strength and to have everyone around and everyone available,” Masakadza added.

Zimbabwe Squad for South Africa tour:

Zimbabwe ODI Squad: Hamilton Masakadza (captain), Solomon Mire, Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams, Peter Moor, Elton Chigumbura, Donald Tiripano, Kyle Jarvis, Brandon Mavuta, Richard Ngarava, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Wellington Masakadza, Ryan Murray, Tendai Chatara

Zimbabwe T20I Squad: Hamilton Masakadza (captain), Solomon Mire, Neville Madziva, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams, Peter Moor, Elton Chigumbura, Tendai Chisoro, Kyle Jarvis, Brandon Mavuta, Christopher Mpofu, Chamu Chibhabha, Wellington Masakadza, Tarisai Musakanda, Tendai Chatara

Squad for Bangladesh tour:

Zimbabwe ODI Squad: Hamilton Masakadza (captain), Solomon Mire, Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams, Peter Moor, Elton Chigumbura, Donald Tiripano, Kyle Jarvis, Brandon Mavuta, Richard Ngarava, John Nyumbu, Wellington Masakadza, Tarisai Musakanda, Tendai Chatara, Cephas Zhuwao
Zimbabwe Test Squad: Hamilton Masakadza (captain), Brian Chari, Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams, Peter Moor, Regis Chakabva, Donald Tiripano, Kyle Jarvis, Brandon Mavuta, Richard Ngarava, John Nyumbu, Wellington Masakadza, Ryan Burl, Tendai Chatara

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