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Zimbabwe will go into their five-match ODI series against Pakistan without the services of opening batsman Solomon Mire and pace bowler Kyle Jarvis.
Mire was one of Zimbabwe’s top performers during the recently concluded T20 tri-series against Pakistan and Australia as he scored 212 runs in four matches, which included two half-centuries, at an average of 53.
However, he was diagnosed with a gluteal tear during his knock of 63 against Australia on July 6.
“He will be out for at least three weeks as he concentrates on physiotherapy rehabilitation which aims to speed up healing and make sure the tear heals without tight scar tissue formation,” Zimbabwe physio Anesu Mupotaringa was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
As for Jarvis, he fractured the thumb on his bowling hand while trying to take a catch in the opening game of the tournament against Pakistan on July 1. As a result, he will be sidelined for at least six weeks.
With the duo out of the ODI series, Zimbabwe have decided to inject some youth into their squad as they have included the uncapped trio of Liam Roche, a former Zimbabwe Under-19 captain and batting all-rounder, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, a batsman, and Ryan Murray, a wicketkeeper-batsman.
The five-match ODI series gets underway on Friday in Bulawayo.
Zimbabwe’s ODI squad: Brian Chari, Tendai Chatara, Chamu Chibhabha, Elton Chigumbura, Tendai Chisoro, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Hamilton Masakadza (capt), Wellington Masakadza, Peter Moor, Ryan Murray, Tarisai Musakanda, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, Liam Roche, Donald Tiripano, Malcolm Waller