Sean Williams and Cephas Zhuwao have been included in Zimbabwe’s squad for the ICC World Cup Qualifiers in a bid to strengthen the side following their 1-4 series loss to Afghanistan in UAE earlier this month.
Williams and Zhuwao, who didn’t feature in that series, will replace fast bowler Ryan Burl and batsman Tarisai Musakanda.
Burl picked up just one wicket in four ODIs while Musakanda tallied 20 runs in two innings. Zimbabwe Cricket hasn’t specified the reason for the pair’s exclusion.
Williams, the 31-year-old allrounder, missed the ODIs against Afghanistan and Zimbabwe A’s home series against Kenya due to a finger injury he sustained at training in January. He will return to action now after a five-week break. He last featured in an ODI during the tour of Sri Lanka in July 2017.
Zhuwao, who last played for the country in 2011, also presented a compelling reason to be considered. He averaged 58.7 in four one-dayers for Zimbabwe A, including 131 in the opening game, against Kenya. Recently, he smashed a match-winning 265 against Rhinos in the Logan Cup.
The top two teams from the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers will join the top-eight sides at the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales. The Graeme Cremer-led squad will open their campaign against Nepal at the Queens Sports Club on March 4.
Squad: Graeme Cremer (capt), Tendai Chatara, Tendai Chisoro, Craig Ervine, Kyle Jarvis, Hamilton Masakadza, Solomon Mire, Peter Moor, Blessing Muzarabani, Sikandar Raza, Brendan Taylor, Brian Vitori, Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams and Cephas Zhuwao.