ZIMBABWE cricket selection convener Macsood Ebrahim said he will not be concerned if more rookie players make their way into the already depleted national team for the forthcoming one-day intern
ational tour by England.
In an interview with IndependentSport this week, Ebrahim said the recently re-named Zimbabwe Cricket will stick to its resolution to select players on the basis of current first-class form. More greenhorns are therefore likely to be thrown into the international fray if “they show good consistency in the on-going matches leading to the England series”, Ebrahim said.
“Our selection base is wider than it has ever been. We now have 60 players in first-class cricket. It’s the panel’s job to look at everyone,” he added.
Ebrahim also rushed to the defence of local domestic cricket, which has been criticised for lacking depth and serious competition to be used as a criterion for international cricket selection.
“I believe our domestic cricket is getting stronger each year. We are not the only country that is still developing its domestic game. South Africa have revamped their provincial competitions while England’s county cricket has been re-structured into two leagues in pursuit of better and top-class cricket.”
Meanwhile, Ebrahim said former national team pace bowler Bryan Strang had to register with Zimbabwe Cricket to be considered for any of the provincial teams currently playing in the Faithwear limited-overs competition.
The 32-year-old cricketer was last season snubbed by the association after clashing with the union several times.
Ebrahim said players who wish to be selected for first-class competitions have to submit their club statistics to the association. Strang, arguably the best bowler playing in the country, has expressed his willingness to play for Zimbabwe again.