Zim start T20 series against Bangladesh

ZIMBABWE plays against Bangladesh today in the first of four Twenty20 International (T20I) matches at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Bangladesh’s third-largest city, Khulna.

The second T20I is tomorrow, the third on Monday and the fourth and final game on Thursday.

Sean Williams, who was left out of the squad to Sharjah because of injury, has now recovered from the inflammation in his left groin and is now available for selection to play against Bangladesh. Also back from injury is pace bowler Brian Vitori. Top-order batsman Vusumuzi Sibanda has earned a recall after impressive performances in the ongoing domestic matches.

Two of the players that were with the squad in the United Arab Emirates for the five One-Day Internationals and two T20I matches against Afghanistan did not travel to Bangladesh. Bowler Tinashe Panyangara has a back injury due to a disc bulge and batsman Craig Ervine has a recurring respiratory condition and national team physiotherapist Anesu Mupotaringa expects him to start cardio exercises going into the weekend.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe A squad left Harare yesterday for India to play two four-day and three one-day matches against Afghanistan A.

The first four-dayer starts on Monday followed by the second on January 24. The one-dayers are on January 30 as well as February 1 and 3. – ZC

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