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Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams return as Zimbabwe name squads for South Africa, Bangladesh tours

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Brendan Taylor, Craig Ervine, and Sean Williams are all back in the fold as Zimbabwe name strong squads for the limited-overs internationals against South Africa, and one-day internationals and Tests in Bangladesh

Zimbabwe are set to play three ODIs and as many Twenty20 Internationals in September-October, before they proceed to Bangladesh to play three ODIs and two Tests in October-November.

In addition to Taylor, Ervine and Williams, all of whom last played for Zimbabwe in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018, returning, Kyle Jarvis and Solomon Mire are also fit. Mire had suffered a gluteal tear while Jarvis had fractured his right thumb.

Along with Peter Moor, Tendai Chatara, Donald Tiripano and Wellington Masakadza, the young quartet of Brandon Mavuta, Richard Ngarava, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe and Ryan Murray, and the experienced Elton Chigumbura complete the 15-man squad for the South Africa games, to be led by Hamilton Masakadza. 

Malcolm Waller, Brian Chari, Chamu Chibhabha, Tendai Chisoro and Tarisai Musakanda all find themselves out of the ODI squad. Barring Waller, they were also part of Zimbabwe's squad for the Pakistan series at home, which the hosts lost 5-0. However, they find their names in the T20I squad.

Fast bowler Blessing Muzarabani, who has taken an indefinite break from international cricket, and Sikandar Raza, who was not given a contract recently, are the ones missing.

South Africa and Zimbabwe meet in Kimberley for the first ODI on 30 September, to be followed by the other two matches in Bloemfontein and Paarl on 3 and 6 October.

Sean Williams and Craig Ervine, who last played for Zimbabwe in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018, have also made the ODI squad for South Africa
Sean Williams and Craig Ervine, who last played for Zimbabwe in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018, have also made the ODI squad for South Africa

The T20I series that follows will see the teams meet in East London, Potchefstroom and Benoni on 9, 12 and 14 October. For the T20Is, Christopher Mpofu and Neville Madziva come in while Ervine, Kamunhukamwe, Tiripano, Murray and Ngarava make way.

The Bangladesh tour commences on 21 October with the first ODI in Dhaka, while the remaining two games will be played in Chittagong on 24 and 26 October. The first Test will be at Sylhet from 3 to 7 November followed by the second and final game from 11 to 15 November in Dhaka.

For the Bangladesh ODIs, John Nyumbu and Musakanda come in as Murray and Kamunhukamwe go out, while Cephas Zhuwao also joins the side. For the Tests, Zimbabwe have included Chari and Regis Chakabva at the expense of Zhuwao and Mire.

Squad for South Africa tour (three ODIs, three T20Is)

ODIs: Hamilton Masakadza (captain), Solomon Mire, Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams, Peter Moor, Elton Chigumbura, Donald Tiripano, Kyle Jarvis, Brandon Mavuta, Richard Ngarava, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Wellington Masakadza, Ryan Murray, Tendai Chatara

T20Is: Hamilton Masakadza (captain), Solomon Mire, Neville Madziva, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams, Peter Moor, Elton Chigumbura, Tendai Chisoro, Kyle Jarvis, Brandon Mavuta, Christopher Mpofu, Chamu Chibhabha, Wellington Masakadza, Tarisai Musakanda, Tendai Chatara

Hard-hitting batsman Solomon Mire has recovered from injury that had ruled him out of the Pakistan series
Hard-hitting batsman Solomon Mire has recovered from injury that had ruled him out of the Pakistan series

Squad for Bangladesh tour (three ODIs, two Tests)

ODIs: Hamilton Masakadza (captain), Solomon Mire, Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams, Peter Moor, Elton Chigumbura, Donald Tiripano, Kyle Jarvis, Brandon Mavuta, Richard Ngarava, John Nyumbu, Wellington Masakadza, Tarisai Musakanda, Tendai Chatara, Cephas Zhuwao

Tests: Hamilton Masakadza (captain), Brian Chari, Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams, Peter Moor, Regis Chakabva, Donald Tiripano, Kyle Jarvis, Brandon Mavuta, Richard Ngarava, John Nyumbu, Wellington Masakadza, Ryan Burl, Tendai Chatara

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