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Taylor to lead Zimbabwe against India

Shingi Masakadza and Tinashe Panyangara miss out, while Sikandar Raza included in team

Taylor to lead Zimbabwe against India - Cricket News
Brendan Taylor will shoulder the dual responsibilities of leading the side and keeping wickets.
Brendan Taylor will lead Zimbabwe in the limited-overs series against India starting July 24. Taylor is also expected to keep wickets after the selectors dropped Regis Chakabva, the specialist wicketkeeper, from the 15-man squad named on Sunday (July 7).

Michael Chinouya, the uncapped paceman, was included in the squad that includes three other pacers – Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chatara, Brian Vitori – while Elton Chigumbura will serve as an allrounder.

Shingi Masakadza, who picked up five wickets in two One-Day Internationals against Bangladesh in May, was left out along with Tinashe Panyangara. Shingi has featured in 11 ODIs while Panyangara, who made his ODI debut in 2004, has featured in 26.

Also included was Sikandar Raza, the Pakistan-born batsman. Raza was born in Sialkot in northeast Pakistan, but has been residing in Zimbabwe since 2002 and made his first-class debut in 2007. He made his debut for Zimbabwe in its home series against Bangladesh in May this year.

Zimbabwe, who played a full series against Bangladesh in April-May, won the one-off Test by 235 runs before clinching the ODI series 2-1. The Twenty20 internationals were tied at 1-1.

India and Zimbabwe will meet in the first of five ODIs in Harare on July 24. The second and third ODIs too will be played in Harare on July 24 and 26, before the teams travel to Bulawayo for the last two matches on July 31 and August 3.

Squad: Brendan Taylor (capt, wk), Sikandar Raza, Tendai Chatara, Michael Chinouya, Elton Chigumbura, Graeme Cremer, Kyle Jarvis, Timycen Maruma, Hamilton Masakadza, Natsai M’shangwe, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Prosper Utseya, Brian Vitori, Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams.

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