Sikandar Raza
Sikandar Raza (Credits: Twitter)

Zimbabwe have left out Sikandar Raza on disciplinary grounds from the 15-man squad for the upcoming triangular series in Bangladesh. Other than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, Afghanistan will take part in the series. The Zimbabwe Cricket has stated that Sikandar Raza could not make it to the squad because of a pending disciplinary issues raised by captain Hamilton Masakadza.

Barring Raza, Zimbabwe have named a strong side. The team features the likes of Brendan Taylor, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams and Christopher Mpofu. There are also a number of youngsters in the team like Tony Munyonga, Ainsley Ndlovu, Ryan Burl, Tinotenda Mutombodzi and Neville Madziva.

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Zimbabwe Cricket, nonetheless, made it clear that they wanted to support the captain and thus decided against selecting Raza. Walter Chawaguta, the Zimbabwe convenor of selectors, said that dropping Raza was important to make sure the captain gets the full support of all the players.

“It is important that we support our captain, whether it is Masakadza or anyone else, by creating an environment in which we can be confident he will have the full support of all players, with everyone pulling in the same direction and able to trust each other. It is for those reasons that we have decided to leave Raza out,” Chawaguta said.

Sikandar Raza
Sikandar Raza (Credits: Twitter)

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Masakadza will bring down curtains on his career after the series.  Zimbabwe, meanwhile, remain suspended  byy ICC over “political interference”. They have already been barred from participating in next month’s T20 World Cup qualifier. Head coach Lalchand Rajput said that the team is now preparing for the future.

“We are now shifting our focus to rebuilding a new team and to do that we must gradually blood in younger players and create a new culture that encourages unity, hard work, professionalism and excellence,” Rajput said. “We will not make wholesale changes, as we definitely still need some of the experienced players to help the new generation find their feet in international cricket.

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Zimbabwe squad for Bangladesh triangular series:

Hamilton Masakadza (captain), Regis Chakabva, Richmond Mutumbami, Sean Williams, Neville Madziva, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Tony Munyonga, Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chatara, Christopher Mpofu, Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor, Ainsley Ndlovu, Timycen Maruma, Ryan Burl