Masakadza set to make World Cup debut

Masakadza was not picked for the 2003, 2007 and 2011 World Cup

Masakadza was not picked for the 2003, 2007 and 2011 World Cup

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Even though he has been playing international cricket for almost 14 years, Zimbabwe batsman Hamilton Masakadza is set to make his World Cup debut next month.

Masakadza failed to play in the 2003, 2007 and 2011 edition the World Cup due to inexperience, injury and poor form.

Zimbabwe have also included Stuart Matsikenyeri in their 15-man squad even though he has not played any international cricket since the 2012 World Twenty20.

Chamu Chibhabha also made the cut despite continuously being overlooked since March 2013 and all-rounder Prosper Utseya has also been drafted into the side even though he has been banned from bowling.

The two most notable exclusions are opening batsman Vusi Sibanda and left-arm pace bowler Brian Vitori.

While newly appointed head coach Dav Whatmore has not given his verdict on the squad selected, he has made it clear that the team’s aim is to make it past the group stages.

Zimbabwe’s World Cup Squad: Elton Chigumbura (capt), Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva, Tendai Chatara, Chamu Chibhabha, Craig Ervine, Tafadzwa Kamungozi, Hamilton Masakadza, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Solomon Mire, Tawanda Mupariwa, Tinashe Panyangara, Brendan Taylor, Prosper Utseya, Sean Williams

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