CAPE TOWN - Zimbabwe’s chances in their upcoming ODI and T20 series against the Proteas have received a significant boost with the return of senior players Brendan Taylor, Craig Ervine and Sean Williams to the squad.
The trio alongside, Graeme Cremer and Sikandar Raza were not available for selection for the home tri-series in July this year and the five-match ODI series against Pakistan because of a pay dispute.
Zimbabwe Cricket had not paid match fees to its players for almost a year at that point in time which led to a discord. But with the ICC-structured funding plan working alongside ZC to bring back financial stability, the trio have ended their hiatus from the national team.
Former captain Cremer was not considered for selection after undergoing a knee surgery recently, while Pakistan-born Raza was not considered for selection after his central contract was not renewed following a dispute with ZC. Stylish all-rounder Raza is still available for selection, but after a public social media spat with the ZC it seems unlikely that he will return anytime soon.
Zimbabwe’s squad has been further bolstered by the return of batsman Solomon Mire and seam bowler Kyle Jarvis, who have regained full fitness. Zimbabwe will travel to South Africa for a three-match ODI series beginning on September 30 in Kimberley and that will be followed by a three-match T20I series.