Cricket all-rounder Sean Ervine will discuss his future with his manager at Hampshire, Giles White at next month’s Caribbean Twenty20 tournament before deciding on whether or not to turn up for Zimbabwe.
White was yesterday quoted by the BBC saying he expected Ervine to play for the county next year despite his call-up to the provisional Zimbabwe World Cup squad.
In a telephone interview with NewsDay from his family home in Mhangura on Wednesday, Ervine said although he was keen on a return to the national fold he would have to discuss his future with his club.
“We have been talking with Zimbabwe Cricket but nothing has been concluded because I still have to speak with the guys from Hampshire at the Twenty20 tournament in the Caribbean.”
Ervine however did not rule out the possibility of the T20 competition being the last time he would be featuring for Hampshire. He said: “A lot will depend on the negotiations going on here because I’m really keen on making a comeback to the national team.
“I was born here and my whole family leaves here and as a cricketer there is nothing more special than playing international cricket.“
Ervine’s younger brother Craig has been a revelation for the Zimbabwe team this year and Ervine said he was relishing the prospect of playing alongside his sibling in the national team.
“We have always enjoyed playing alongside each other and last season we both featured for Southern Rocks but playing together in the national team will be more special,” Ervine said.
However it is his county side Hampshire’s reluctance to release the talented batting all-rounder which is the major worry for Zimbabwean cricket followers.
Ervine (28) is contracted to Hampshire until the end of the 2011 season but will have to revert to overseas status if he wishes to play for his country.
However, Hampshire is believed to have signed Pakistani leg-spinner Imran Tahir to fill that role.
White, who said he was surprised to hear about Ervine’s move, told BBC: “I’ll speak with Sean and get to the bottom of this but I expect him to be with us next year. We’ve offered him a new deal and he’s said he’d like to take that up.”
The preliminary 30-man Zimbabwe squad for the 2011 ICC World Cup, which Ervine is a part of, will be trimmed to 15 in January before the start of the tournament which is due to start on February 19.
The all-rounder, who has 42 one-day caps for Zimbabwe, quit international cricket in 2004 alongside 14 other Zimbabwean players after a dispute with the local sports administrators.
His return to the national team is set to bring the much-needed experience to Zimbabwe’s batting during the World Cup.