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Return of former internationals welcomed


The return of more exiled locally born cricket players during the new domestic season has been welcomed by national cricket team convenor of selectors Alistair Campbell.

Campbell, a former skipper, said the door was open for any player who holds a Zimbabwean passport to be considered for national selection if they decide to come back to the national team after the upcoming domestic season.

The highly anticipated 2010/11 domestic season will start on September 6.

Tinashe Panyangara has completed a deal with Mountaineers while former Zimbabwean youth internationals, Ian Nicolson and Gary Balance look certain to be in the Mid West Rhinos team.

“We have always maintained an open-door-policy with any of the players who would want to be considered for selection. We will not be considering what happened in the past.

”As long as the players are interested and show that they have what it takes through their performances we will be considering them.

“Gary (Balance) needs clearance but he has a Zimbabwean passport while Tinashe (Panyangara) and Nicolson are bowlers who have shown the potential of bowling very quick.

“We have recently been struggling to find genuinely quick bowlers and they could be the solution,” said Campbell.

Players like Andy Blignaut, Greg Lamb, Gavin Ewing along with Terry Duffin, Greg Strydom and Dion Ebrahim made a return to the local game during last season’s domestic league.

However only Lamb and Blignaut have impressed the selectors and are now part of the national team.

The former national team skipper however said he was impressed with the performances of some national team players during their tour of duty in the Intercontinental Cup in the Netherlands and Canada.

“It was good to see some good performances from Stuart Matsikenyeri who has recently been struggling to get the runs.

Craig Ervine was in such phenomenal form with the bat which could make him cement his place in the national team while young Shingirai Masakadza is improving everytime,”said Campbell.

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