The ICC World T20 is around and teams have finalized their squads and announced them in the media. Zimbabwe has also announced its 16 players that will be representing the country in this mega event. The management has decided to change the captain for the national side just ahead of the World T20 event. It’s Hamilton Masakadza who is going to lead the side in this big T20I event. Even though Masakadza has been one of the top performers for Zimbabwe over the years but he’s given a completely different opportunity this time around. Zimbabwe will depend a lot on him for sure.
|Elton Chigumbura (Captain)||Regis Chakabva (wk)|
|Tendai Chatara||Chamu Chabhabha|
|Craig Ervine||Tafadzwa Kamungozi|
|Hamilton Masakadza||Stuart Matsikenyeri|
|Solomon Mire||Tawanda Mupariwa|
|Tinashe Panyangara||Sikandar Raza|
|Brendon Taylor||Prosper Utseya|
Zimbabwean batting will majorly revolve around the same players who have been doing it for them in recent past with the likes of Vusi Sibanda, Sikandar Raza and Sean Williams. Craig Ervine has been a big name for Zimbabwean cricket in recent times, especially in the T20 format, but they haven’t chosen him for the big event. Richmond Mutumbami will be the wicket-keeper batsman for the Zimbabwe side.
Some new players have also been given a chance in this event with the likes of Neville Madziva, Wellington Masakadza and Tendai Chisoro. Though they have made appearances in the past as well but are considerably newer to the international scene. Madziva, especially, was ecstatic in his last outing against Bangladesh where he picked up 4 for 34. Chisoro also impressed with the figures of 3 for 17 and will be expected to play a vital role in Zimbabwe’s World T20 campaign.
The bowling department will be taken care of by some of the experienced campaigners with the likes of Tendai Chatara and Tinashe Panyangara. But the new additions to their bowling are certainly quite welcoming as well. Luke Jongwe has also been around for some time and will be expected to come up with some extraordinary performances now. He will certainly have to show his mettle and produce something that would be remembered for quite some time.
Besides, even though Elton Chigumbura will not be taking part in the tournament as Zimbabwean captain but his experience will certainly benefit Zimbabwe in the critical stages of the tournament. His presence will definitely be a feel-good factor not just for the young players but also for the oldies. He’ll have huge responsibility on his shoulders and will be expected to contribute both with the bat and ball to see his side home.