ZIMBABWE captain Sean Williams is set to miss the one-off Test away to Bangladesh later this month to be next to his wife Chantelle, who is expecting the couple’s first child in the next fortnight.
The team is expected to tour the subcontinent for a series against the Tigers comprising the single Test, three ODIs and two T20s.
However, Williams will not be available for the Test which is set to start on February 22 but he will join the team for the limited overs matches next month.“My wife and I will be having our first child, a little baby girl, she will be born on the 20th of this month therefore leaving me out of the Test match,” Williams told the Daily News yesterday.
“I will be chatting to Zimbabwe Cricket about when to fly after the birth to make it for the ODIs and T20s.
“Sad to miss the Test match but extremely excited to meet my baby girl…firstly I have never been more nervous my entire life.
“I worry about my wife but I know she is extremely excited to meet her.
“It is my first child and I’m always away from my wife and I was in Ireland when I got the call to say we were having a baby.”
Chantelle has always travelled with her husband on tours and in 2017 she received praise from ZC chairperson Tavengwa Mukuhlani during the tour of Sri Lanka where she was also joined by Brendan Taylor’s wife Kelly-Anne to form a vociferous band of supporters.
“I have been away pretty much the entire pregnancy so it’s been hard on my wife as she does everything, huge respect for her, it must be really hard for her,” Williams said.
“She is an amazing person, strong and always there for me no matter what, it’s only fair to her that I’m with her when she first goes into hospital and be there holding her hand when our baby girl comes.”
Williams is a fame believer in a healthy family set-up and during his inaugural Test as captain against Sri Lanka at home earlier this month advocated for the cricketers to have their loved ones closer during matches.