Hosts Zimbabwe have revealed their 15-member squad for the upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier, set to commence on June 18. With a focus on experience, Zimbabwe has assembled a team featuring established international players who will aim to secure qualification for the main tournament in India later this year. Led by captain Craig Ervine, the squad boasts renowned names such as Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Sean Williams, and promising talents like Joylord Gumbie, who is the sole uncapped player in the lineup. The hosts will rely on their formidable squad to navigate through the qualifiers and earn a coveted spot in the Cricket World Cup.
Zimbabwe’s squad showcases a balanced mix of experienced campaigners and rising stars. The team’s pace attack will be spearheaded by the duo of Blessing Muzarabani and Richard Ngarava, with Wellington Masakadza providing additional support. The batting order will be bolstered by the likes of Ryan Burl, Tendai Chatara, Craig Ervine, Bradley Evans, Luke Jongwe, Innocent Kaia, and Clive Madande. Furthermore, the all-round capabilities of Wessly Madhevere will add depth to the squad, while the inclusion of Tadiwanashe Marumani, an exciting young talent, will provide a fresh dimension to Zimbabwe’s batting prowess. The experienced trio of Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams, and captain Craig Ervine will bring stability and leadership to the team.
Zimbabwe finds themselves in Group A for the Cricket World Cup Qualifier. They will commence their campaign on June 18 against Nepal, followed by crucial clashes against the Netherlands and the West Indies. The group stage will conclude for Zimbabwe on June 26, with a match against the United States of America. The top three teams from each group will advance to the Super Six stage, where they will compete for a place in the final. The winners of the final will secure their passage to the much-anticipated World Cup in India.