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In a hasty Sri Lanka series, Zimbabwe set to return to international cricket


In more than two years of time span, Zimbabwe are going to host their first Test when they play Sri Lanka in a two-match series starting from January 19. However, this will be Zimbabwe’s first series since regaining their ICC membership. 

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As coach Lalchand Rajput says they are ready for a “new beginning”, the first match will be played from January 19 to 23 at the Harare Sports Club followed by the second match from January 27-31.

Zimbabwe are not part of the ongoing ICC Test Championship. That means no points will be added for them in the series.

Coach Rajput said, “Sri Lanka is always a very competitive team who have been playing well and I am looking forward to the Test series.

“For us, it’s a new beginning, a new chapter, and it’s good that we are starting off with the long version which always brings the best out of players.

“We know our home conditions better, our players are getting match-fit and enjoying some game time. So all we have to do is to get in the middle and perform,” he said. 

Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) on Tuesday announced all-rounder Sean Williams as their new Test captain. Former captain and veteran campaigner Hamilton Masakadza retired from international cricket several months ago.

Former Zimbabwe international David Mutendera has been named as the new convener of selectors, joining Gavin Ewing, Shepherd Makunura and Prosper Utseya on the panel.

 


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