Zimbabwe recall bowler Mpofu


PACE bowler Chris Mpofu has been recalled into the Zimbabwe cricket side after he was named in the team to tour Bangladesh later this month.

Mpofu comes in to replace fellow quick Kyle Jarvis, who has a back injury picked up in the home series against Sri Lanka last month.

Christopher Mpofu Bowling

The 34-year-old’s last dance with the Zimbabwe team in the longer version of the game was in 2017 during the inaugural pink ball four-day Boxing Day Test against South Africa in Port Elizabeth.
Zimbabwe is set to leave for Bangladesh on Friday for a series comprising one Test match, three ODIs and two T20 matches.

The tour commences with the one-off Test match on February 22, followed by the ODIs on March 1, 2 and 6. The series concludes with two T20 matches scheduled for March 9 and 11.
National team selectors have retained the bulk of the players that delivered in the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka that ended in a 1-0 win for the visitors.

Mpofu is the only addition to the squad that put up a good fight against Sri Lanka while batsman Kevin Kasuza, who suffered concussion twice in the series, is also back.

Apart from Jarvis, fellow pace bowler Tendai Chatara remains on the sidelines due to injury while Test captain Sean Williams will stay behind to be next to his wife as the couple awaits the birth of their first child.
Batsman Craig Ervine has been entrusted to take over as Test captain on an interim basis while Williams will only join the squad later for the limited overs series.

Zimbabwe Test squad: Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva (wk), Craig Ervine (capt), Kevin Kasuza, Timycen Maruma, Prince Masvaure, Christopher Mpofu, Brian Mudzinganyama, Carl Mumba, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Ainsley Ndlovu, Victor Nyauchi, Brendan Taylor, Donald Tiripano, Charlton Tshuma

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