Sikandar Raza (PC-Getty Images)
Sikandar Raza (PC-Getty Images)

The 36-year-old Pakistani-born Zimbabwean international cricketer Sikandar Raza, who plays as a batting all-rounder, has received permission from the Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) to skip the upcoming Test series against the West Indies National Cricket Team to feature in the International League T20 (ILT20) 2023.

Sikandar Raza performed exceptionally well for his side in 2022 and consistently delivered match-winning performances. He was recently included in the ICC Men’s ODI Team of the Year 2022 and the ICC Men’s T20I Team of the Year 2022.

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Sikandar Raza (PC-Getty Images)
Sikandar Raza (PC-Getty Images)

He recently missed the T20I series against Ireland due to franchise cricket commitments in the UAE and Bangladesh but returned to the squad for the ODI series against Ireland.

The 36-year-old, however, is once again set to miss two crucial Tests against the West Indies. The first Test is set to be played from February 4 to 8 at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo and the second Test is set to be played from February 12 to 16 at the same venue.

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Time To Head Back To Dubai For ILT20 And Join My Dubai Capitals Family – Sikandar Raza

ILT20 2023: Sikandar Raza To Skip Zimbabwe vs West Indies Test Series To Feature In UAE's ILT20
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Raza took to Facebook to confirm that Zimbabwe Cricket (ZA) has permitted him to play for the Dubai Capitals (DC) in the International League T20 (ILT20) that clashes directly with the Test series between Zimbabwe and West Indies.

“It’s been great to be back home and wear the #national jersey Time to head back to #dubai for ILT20Official and join my Dubai Capitals family. See you soon #Inshallah,” Raza wrote on his Facebook page.

Sikandar Raza not being available for the West Indies Test series is a big blow to the side as they are already without the services of key players like Sean Williams, Blessing Muzarabani and Regis Chakabva.

Ahead of the Test series, Zimbabwe XI will be playing a tour match against West Indies from January 28 to 31 at the Bulawayo Athletic Club. The players who have been included in the Zimbabwe XI side will have an opportunity to impress the selection committee with their performance in the match against the Men In Maroon.

Sikandar Raza. PC- AP
Sikandar Raza. PC- AP

Zimbabwe XI Squad: Faraza Akram, Priviledge Chesa, Tanaka Chivanga, Joylord Gumbie, Wessly Madhevere, Tanunurwa Makoni, Timycen Maruma, William Mashine, Kudzai Maunze, Tapiwa Mafudza, Carl Mumba, Tony Munyonga, Milton Shumba, Donald Tiripano, Tafadzwa Tsiga.

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