Tendai Chatara
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Zimbabwe’s fast bowling pair of Tendai Chatara and Blessing Muzarabani has been ruled out of the upcoming home T20I series against Bangladesh due to various injuries. 

Muzarabani suffered a thigh muscle tear and Chatara fractured his collarbone. Both the pace bowlers sustained their respective injuries during the ICC T20 Men’s WC Qualifier. 

Blessing Muzarabani
Blessing Muzarabani. Image: ICC

Tendai Chatara, Blessing Muzarabani replacement named for Bangladesh T20Is

The pair have shared 77 scalps between them in the shortest formats with Chatara having picked 47 and Muzarabani 30. 

Victor Nyauchi and Tanaka Chivanga have been named replacements for the duo in the T20I squad against Bangladesh. 

All the other Zimbabwe players who featured in the Qualifier event have retained their place in the squad for the Bangladesh T20Is. 

ZIM vs BAN: Tendai Chatara, Blessing Muzarabani Ruled Out Of Bangladesh T20Is
Tadiwanashe Marumani of Zimbabwe. Photo By Seb Daly/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Bangladesh to miss skipper Mahmudullah in T20Is

Bangladesh is coming fresh from thumping West Indies 3-0 in the ODI series but lost 0-2 in the shortest format in the Caribbean. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have opted to rest regular T20I skipper Mahmudullah and wicketkeeper-batter Nurul Hasan will lead the tourists in his absence.

Senior player Mushfiqur Rahim was not included in the T20I squad but was named in the ODI squad of the Zimbabwe tour. Veteran all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has opted out of the limited-overs tour and might return to lead the side in the Asia Cup next month.

Zimbabwe and Bangladesh will play the first T20I match on Saturday (July 30) at Harare Sports Club, the venue for all six white-ball matches. Following the conclusion of the T20Is, both teams will meet in three One-Day Internationals starting on August 5. 

Zimbabwe’s T20I squad vs Bangladesh: Regis Chakabva (w), Craig Ervine (c), Wesley Madhevere, Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams, Milton Shumba, Ryan Burl, Wellington Masakadza, Luke Jongwe, Richard Ngarava, Innocent Kaia, Tony Munyonga, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Victor Nyauchi, Tanaka Chivanga. 

Bangladesh’s T20I squad vs Zimbabwe: Munim Shahriar, Anamul Haque Bijoy, Liton Das, Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan Sohan (c), Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Hasan Mahmud, Mosaddek Hossain, Najmul Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Parvez Hossain Emon.

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