Cremer itches for return

HARARE - Leg-spinner Graeme Cremer is itching for a return to national duty as he begins his rehabilitation following a successful knee surgery last month.

The former Zimbabwe captain said he is happy with his recovery path and is hopeful he would have enough time to recover and be a late inclusion for Zimbabwe’s tour of Bangladesh.

The national team is currently in South Africa and is set to travel to Bangladesh for a series involving two-match Test series and three ODIs.

“I’m feeling good. It just feels a bit weak at this stage but not much pain which is great.

“I have since started some light training but just in the rehab process,” Cremer told the Daily News yesterday.

“According to the surgeon, I could be ready in a week or two and I think selectors could have at least kept me on standby for the tour.

“They’re always forthcoming and ready to listen to players’ concerns so I will have a word with them and see how far that goes.”

Cremer last played for the national team as captain during the disastrous 2019 ICC World Cup Qualifiers which Zimbabwe hosted in March in the discomfort of a nagging knee injury.

He was axed from the captaincy following the team’s failure to qualify for the World Cup to be held in England next year.

The Qualifier debacle also claimed the scalps of the entire technical department led by Heath Streak and convenor of selectors Tatenda Taibu.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe started their T20 series against South Africa on Tuesday night on a losing note.

After losing the ODI series 3-0, Zimbabwe lost by 34 runs in the first T20 at Buffalo Park in East London.

PJ Moor and youthful Brandon Mavuta almost snatched victory for Zimbabwe with entertaining late cameos of 44 and 28 runs respectively giving them hope of getting into the must-win encounter tomorrow.

The third and final T20 is scheduled for Sunday after which Zimbabwe departs South Africa for Bangladesh.

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