Vitori joins Zimbabwe squad for Afghanistan series

Brian Vitori has joined the Zimbabwe squad to face Afghanistan in a limited-overs series that gets underway this Monday with a Twenty-20 international (T20I) match in the United Arab Emirates.

The return of the left-arm fast bowler – who was recently cleared by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to resume bowling in international cricket following remedial work and re-assessment of his action – has been welcomed as a massive boost by Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer.

Vitori last played in the senior national team colors in November 2016, but he showed no signs of his lengthy absence from the international arena as he took four wickets in two of Zimbabwe A’s one-day matches against Kenya in Mutare last week.

“I am very pleased as the captain to have someone of Brian’s ability in my side. 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,” said Cremer, speaking on the eve of Zimbabwe’s first T20I match against Afghanistan in Sharjah.

Apart from Vitori, Zimbabwe have also called up Ryan Burl, while the trio of Christopher Mpofu, Ryan Murray and Brandon Mavuta has returned home after touring Bangladesh with the national side last month.

The tour will be a critical test for Zimbabwe as they step up their preparations for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 event which they will host in March.

“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.”

After Monday’s opening match, Zimbabwe and Afghanistan will meet again 24 hours later in the second and last T20I match of the series.

The five-match one-day international (ODI) series between the two sides will then follow, starting on Friday.

Fixtures:

1st T20I – 5 February 2018

2nd T20I – 6 February 2018

 

1st ODI – 9 February 2018

2nd ODI – 11 February 2018

3rd ODI – 13 February 2018

4th ODI – 16 February 2018

5th ODI – 19 February 2018

ZIMBABWE SQUAD FOR AFGHANISTAN SERIES 2018

1

Hamilton Masakadza

2

Solomon Mire

3

Craig Ervine

4

Brendan Taylor

5

Sikandar Raza

6

Peter Moor

7

Malcolm Waller

8

Graeme Cremer

Captain

9

Brian Vitori

10

Tendai Chisoro

11

Blessing Muzarabani

12

Ryan Burl

13

Tendai Chatara

14

Kyle Jarvis

 

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