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Left-arm seamer Brian Vitori is back in Zimbabwe’s squad for their limited overs series against Afghanistan, which gets underway on Monday.
Vitori was recently cleared to bowl in international matches again after his action was deemed legal by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer admitted that Vitori’s return is a huge boost for the national team.
“I am very pleased as the captain to have someone of Brian’s ability in my side,” Cremer was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “He is a true competitor. He brings great strength and versatility to our seam bowling attack, and we look forward to seeing him on the park again.”
Batsman Ryan Burl has also been drafted into the side, but there was no place for Chris Mpofu, Ryan Murray and Brandon Mavuta, who were all part of Zimbabwe’s squad for the ODI tri-series in Bangladesh last month.
Zimbabwe’s limited overs series against Afghanistan, which consists of two Twenty20 Internationals and five ODIs, will serve as preparation for the World Cup Qualifiers, which Zimbabwe will host next month. All the matches in the limited overs series will be held in Sharjah.
“We could not have asked for better preparations for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier than this series, coming hard on the heels of the Bangladesh tour,” Cremer said. “Facing Afghanistan, who are in the same group as us in the qualifiers, makes it even better and we are looking to do well against them and then hopefully carry that momentum into the tournament on home soil.”
Zimbabwe’s Squad: Hamilton Masakadza, Solomon Mire, Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor, Sikandar Raza, Peter Moor, Malcolm Waller, Graeme Cremer (capt) , Brian Vitori, Tendai Chisoro, Blessing Muzarabani, Ryan Burl, Tendai Chatara, Kyle Jarvis