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Former Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer will be sidelined for eight weeks after undergoing knee surgery.
As a result, the leg-spinner will miss Zimbabwe’s upcoming series against South Africa and Bangladesh in September and October.
Cremer has had problems with his right knee in the past, and the team’s physiotherapist, Anesu Mupotaringa, said that surgery was the only option left after “conservative interventions” failed to have an impact.
Cremer has not played for Zimbabwe since the World Cup Qualifiers in March, where the national team were unable to secure a spot in next year’s event.
Due to this, Cremer and the coaching staff were sacked from their respective positions.
The 31-year-old skipped the T20 tri-series against Australia and Pakistan and the ODI series against Pakistan due to unpaid wages. Cremer was not the only player to do this as Brendan Taylor, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams and Sikander Raza also opted to make themselves unavailable.
Meanwhile, pace bowler Kyle Jarvis, who suffered a broken finger, and batsman Solomon Mire, who has been nursing a gluteal tear, are set to be available for the series against South Africa and Bangladesh.
“Mire has now fully recovered from his ankle injury while his gluteal is now strong following successful rehab. He will be ready for our South Africa and Bangladesh tours,” Mupotaringa was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “Jarvis is recovering very well following his second operation on his fractured thumb in Cape Town. He has now started doing light bowling and batting drills with the team and we hope he will be ready for South Africa.”
Zimbabwe will play three ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals against South Africa, with the series starting on September 30.
Zimbabwe will then travel to Bangladesh to play three ODIs and two Tests.