Africa T20 World Cup Qualifiers – Blessing Muzarabane returns as Sikandar Raza leads a strong Zimbabwe line-up – LSB

Sikandar Raza will begin his maiden stint as Zimbabwe’s full-time T20I captain by leading a near-full-strength side in the upcoming Africa Men’s T20 World Cup qualifiers, which will be held in Namibia from November 22. The changes made to their line-up after the 3-2 T20I series defeat to Namibia last month will be bolstered by the return to full fitness of bowler Blessing Muzarabane who has recovered from a fracture in his right hand.
Zimbabwe will be without seamer Brad Evans, who has not yet fully recovered from a shin injury.

Overall, the team has made four changes to the squad that featured in the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia, with opening batsmen Innocent Kaya, Nicholas Welsh and Tadiwanashi Marumane and fast bowler Karl Mumba finding a place in the 15-member squad. Raza also hopes to draw on the experience of Craig Irvine, Sean Williams and Tendai Chatara, as well as others such as Richard Ngarava, Ryan Burl and Wellington Masakadza.

Zimbabwe is one of seven teams participating in the Africa qualifiers, as they look to book their place in next year’s T20 World Cup, which will be held in the United States and the Caribbean.

Zimbabwe will not participate in the T20 World Cup 2021 because cricket in Zimbabwe has been suspended by the ICC due to government interference in its administration. In the 2022 edition, they topped their group in the first round but finished last – sixth – in the Super 12 group, failing to automatically qualify for 2024. Two qualifiers will complete the 20-team lineup for the main tournament. Edition in 2024.

Last month, ZC placed importance on Zimbabwe’s bid for a place in the upcoming T20 World Cup, appointing Raza as permanent captain in the T20Is, while also retaining Dave Houghton as head coach in a bid to maintain continuity.

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