ZIMBABWE Cricket selectors are set to sit down and finalise their squad for the upcoming tour by Pakistan. The Chevrons are set to host Pakistan in three One Day matches and two Twenty20s beginning September 27 at Harare Sports Club. And selectors chief, Kenyon Ziehl, yesterday said they are looking to trim down the squad later today.
“Everything is going on well with our preparations,” said Ziehl.
“We had a practice game between the probables and the possibles (on Wednesday) and we saw some good performances from a couple of younger players who had been given the chance. “I think there were one or two who also had some good performances during the T20 tournament in South Africa.
“But we will have to look at them again tomorrow (today). They will play another practice game and afterwards we will select the players who we will recommend to the ZC.” Players like Tuskers opener Brian Chari and Tino Mutombodzi, Donald Tiripano, Ryan Burl, Wellington Masakadza, Prince Masvaure and Godwill Mamhiyo should get another shot with the Possibles side.
Chari was the top scorer for the Possibles on Wednesday with 61 runs while Mutombodzi just missed out on a half-ton when he perished on 49. National team middle order batsman Craig Ervine was the best performer on the day when he struck an unbeaten 118 in the Probables side, which won by eight wickets.
“Craig Ervine had a good game but there is quite a big difference playing against the A side and facing a senior side. “So, we are going to give more time to our batsmen as well as the fringe players. They will play a practice match on September 22,” said Ziehl.
Chasing a below-par 231 set by the Possibles XI, Ervine came in at three after the early loss of opener Chamu Chibhabha. Brian Vitori had provided the early breakthrough when he swung a delivery back in to crash into Chibhabha’s pads. Richmond Mutumbami, who is being considered for the opener’s birth, combined with Ervine to put on a 100-run partnership for the second wicket.