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Zim cricket team off to Sri Lanka

The Zimbabwe national cricket team is expected to leave for the Twenty-20 World Cup in Sri Lanka tomorrow amid high hopes it surpasses the nation’s dreams this time around.

REPORT BY MICHAEL MADYIRA
The team plays warm-up matches against Ireland and Bangladesh on Thursday and Saturday respectively, before engaging hosts Sri Lanka in the tournament opener on September 18 at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium in Hambantota.

 
Three days later, Zimbabwe completes its Group C fixtures against South Africa at the same venue.

 
This would be Zimbabwe’s third appearance at the T-20 World Cup, having participated in the inaugural edition in South Africa in 2007 and two years ago in the West Indies.

 
Having failed to get past the group stages in the previous editions, the 15-member squad, captained by wicketkeeper-batsman, Brendan Taylor, would be out to improve their outing. Last week they were without head coach Alan Butcher who had returned home in England for a family bereavement.

 
The team:

Full name: Prosper Utseya
Born: March 26 1985, Harare
Playing role: Bowler
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak
Twenty20 debut: Bangladesh v Zimbabwe at Khulna, Nov 28 2006
Last Twenty20: Zimbabwe XI v South Africa XI at Harare, Jun 24 2012
T20I debut: Bangladesh v Zimbabwe at Khulna, Nov 28 2006
Last T20I: New Zealand v Zimbabwe at Hamilton, Feb 14 2012

 

Full name: Brendan Ross Murray Taylor (Captain)
Born: February 6 1986, Harare
Playing role: Wicketkeeper batsman
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak
Fielding position: Wicketkeeper
Twenty20 debut: Eagles v Zimbabweans at Kimberley, Sep 13 2006
Last Twenty20: Nagenahira Nagas v Uthura Rudras at Colombo (RPS), Aug 26 2012
T20I debut: Bangladesh v Zimbabwe at Khulna, Nov 28 2006
Last T20I: New Zealand v Zimbabwe at Hamilton, Feb 14 2012

 

Full name: Alexander Graeme Cremer
Born: September 19 1986, Harare
Playing role: Bowler
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Legbreak googly
Twenty20 debut: Northerns (Zimbabwe) v Southerns at Harare, Mar 19 2008
Last Twenty20: Zimbabwe XI v South Africa XI at Harare, Jun 24 2012
T20I debut: Canada v Zimbabwe at King City (NW), Oct 13 2008
Last T20I South Africa v Zimbabwe at Kimberley, Oct 10 2010

 

Full name: Elton Chigumbura
Born: March 14, 1986, Kwekwe, Midlands
Playing role: Allrounder
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm fast-medium
Twenty20 debut: Eagles v Zimbabweans at Kimberley, Sep 13 2006
Last Twenty20: Zimbabwe XI v South Africa XI at Harare, Jun 24 2012
T20I debut: Bangladesh v Zimbabwe at Khulna, Nov 28 2006
Last T20I: New Zealand v Zimbabwe at Hamilton, Feb 14 2012

 

Full name: Craig Richard Ervine
Born:  August 19 1985, Harare
Playing role: Middle-order batsman
Batting style: Left-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak
Twenty20 debut: Southern Rocks v Desert Vipers at Harare, Feb 13 2010
Last Twenty20: Zimbabwe XI v Bangladesh XI at Harare, Jun 21 2012
T20I debut: Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Providence, May 3 2010
Last T20I: Zimbabwe v India at Harare, Jun 12 2010

 

Full name: Kyle Malcolm Jarvis
Born: February 16 1989, Harare
Current age: 23 years 204 days
Batting style:  Right-hand bat
Bowling style:  Right-arm fast-medium
Twenty20 debut:  Zimbabwe v Pakistan at Harare, Sep 16 2011
Last Twenty20:  Zimbabwe XI v South Africa XI at Harare, Jun 24 2012
T20I debut: Zimbabwe v Pakistan at Harare, Sep 16 2011
Last T20I: New Zealand v Zimbabwe at Hamilton, Feb 14 2012

 

Full name:  Hamilton Masakadza
Born:  August 9 1983, Harare
Batting style:  Right-hand bat
Bowling style:  Right-arm medium
Twenty20 debut:  Eagles v Zimbabweans at Kimberley, Sep 13 2006
Last Twenty20:  Zimbabwe XI v South Africa XI at Harare, Jun 24 2012
T20I debut:  Bangladesh v Zimbabwe at Khulna, Nov 28 2006
Last T20I:  New Zealand v Zimbabwe at Hamilton, Feb 14 2012

 

Full name :Stuart Matsikenyeri
Born: May 3 1983, Harare
Batting style:  Right-hand bat
Bowling style:  Right-arm offbreak
Twenty20 debut: Eagles v Zimbabweans at Kimberley, Sep 13 2006
Last Twenty20: Zimbabwe XI v South Africa XI at Harare, Jun 24 2012
T20I debut: Bangladesh v Zimbabwe at Khulna, Nov 28 2006
Last T20I: New Zealand v Zimbabwe at Hamilton, Feb 14 2012

 

Full name: Christopher Bobby Mpofu
Born: November 27 1985, Plumtree, Matabeleland
Playing role: Bowler
Batting style:  Right-hand bat
Bowling style:  Right-arm fast-medium
Twenty20 debut: Easterns (Zimbabwe) v Westerns at Harare, Mar 19 2008
Last Twenty20: Zimbabwe XI v South Africa XI at Harare, Jun 24 2012
T20I debut: Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at King City (NW), Oct 10 2008
Last T20I Zimbabwe v New Zealand at Harare, Oct 17 2011

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