Welch included in Zimbabwe squad for Namibia tour
Zimbabwe have named a strong squad of 16 for the five-match T20 international series in Namibia.
The side includes two uncapped players, opening batter Nick Welch and wicketkeeper-batter Nyasha Mavavo, while opening batter Tinashe Kamunhukamwe as well as pace bowlers Carl Mumba and Faraz Akram have earned recalls on the back of strong performances in domestic competitions.
The nucleus of the team has been retained, with the captain Craig Ervine travelling to Namibia together with the experienced trio of Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza and Tendai Chatara.
Richard Ngarava, Wellington Masakadza and Ryan Burl are also part of the squad, while Blessing Muzarabani, who is still recuperating from a right-hand fracture sustained during a National Premier League match last month, is the only notable absentee.
Zimbabwe and Namibia will face off in Windhoek on 24, 25, 27, 29 and 30 October.
Both teams are using the series to fine-tune for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Africa Qualifier 2023 that will be held in Namibia from 20 November to 1 December.
Apart from Zimbabwe and Namibia, the other countries taking part in Africa’s final qualifying event are Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, with the regional tournament’s top two teams booking their places at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 to be co-hosted by the West Indies and the United States of America.
ZIMBABWE SQUAD FOR T20I SERIES IN NAMIBIA:
Akram Faraz, Burl Ryan, Chatara Tendai, Ervine Craig (captain), Jongwe Luke, Kaia Innocent, Kamunhukamwe Tinashe, Madande Clive, Madhevere Wessly, Masakadza Wellington, Mayavo Nyasha, Mumba Carl, Ngarava Richard, Raza Sikandar, Welch Nick, Williams Sean