Blessing Muzarabani, who had put his international career on hold, has been named in Zimbabwe’s 20-man squad, led by Chamu Chibhabha, for their tour of Pakistan later this month.
Muzarabani, who had signed a Kolpak deal in 2018 with Northamptonshire, decided to return to the international fold after he was released from the contract.
The 6’6″ fast bowler’s presence will provide a valuable boost to Zimbabwe’s squad, which will be missing the experienced Kyle Jarvis, who has been ruled out with a stress fracture.
Two uncapped players have also been added to the squad: 19-year-old left-hand batsman Milton Shumba and 27-year-old paceman Faraz Akram.
Zimbabwe are scheduled to play three ODIs and as many T20Is on the tour, beginning 30 October. The ODI series will be a part of the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League and will be played in Rawalpindi, while the T20Is will be played in Lahore.
Squad: Chamu Chibhabha (c), Faraz Akram, Ryan Burl, Brian Chari, Tendai Chatara, Elton Chigumbura, Tendai Chisoro, Craig Ervine, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Wesley Madhevere, Wellington Masakadza, Carl Mumba, Richmond Mutumbami, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, Sikandar Raza, Milton Shumba, Brendan Taylor, Donald Tiripano, Sean Williams
This will be Chamu Chibhabha’s first international assignment as a full-time captain. Sean Williams was the captain during Zimbabwe’s last international assignment against Bangladesh earlier this year. Chibhabha made his captaincy debut on that tour, taking over the duties with Williams sitting out, but has now been given the job full-time.