The Zimbabwe Cricket selection committee has wielded the axe on three players who featured in Bangladesh after the preliminary 30-man squad was reduced to 20 players.
Opening batsman Hamilton Masakadza, Keith Dabengwa and Keegan Meth did not make the squad after struggling to make an impression during the just ended tour.
Masakadza will miss the World Cup for the second year in a row after being overlooked for the 2007 tournament following a dip in form towards the run-up to the tournament.
It wasn’t the Christmas surprise that Masakadza and company would not have hoped for but their performances in Bangladesh certainly did not do them any good.
The Mountaineers captain was replaced by fellow opener club teammate Tinotenda Mawoyo has enjoyed a good season for both club and the Zimbabwe A.
Together with seam bowler Tinashe Panyangara, who is hoping to make a return to the national fold, the two have helped Mountaineers pip Matabeleland Tuskers at the top of both the Castle Logan Cup and the Metbank Pro40 tournament.
The top order proved to be Zimbabwe’s Achilles heel in Bangladesh and the addition of Mawoyo and Terrence Duffin but they will have to battle for places with Chamunorwa Chibhabha, Regis Chakabva and Brendan Taylor.
Panyangara on the other hand will battle it out with Mid West Rhinos’ Ed Rainsford, while Christopher Mpofu seems to have already booked his place for the World Cup after impressing in Bangladesh.
Greg Lamb, who missed the tour of Bangladesh due to injury, is one of the three all-rounders in the side with skipper Elton Chigumbura and Sean Ervine.
It however will give the selectors some headaches where besides the above mentioned all-rounders there will also be Charles Coventry, Sean Williams and Tatenda Taibu.
Prosper Utseya, who many believe should be given more responsibility with the bat as he has improved significantly in that department, will once again lead the spin department with Ray Price and Graeme Cremer.
The other players who couldn’t make it into the side include Malcolm Waller, Timycen Maruma, Natsai Mushangwe, Forster Mtizwa, Njabulo Ncube and Tawanda Mpariwa.
Meanwhile, in the spirit of the festive season both foreign and local players in the domestic league have taken some time off to be with their families.
Mash Eagles’ South African born Nick Compton told NewsDay that he would be taking some time off to be with his family in South Africa, while Sean Ervine is in Mhangura, Mashonaland West, with his family.
Elton Chigumbura (captain), Regis Chakabva, Chamu Chibhabha, Charles Coventry, Graeme Cremer, Terry Duffin, Craig Ervine, Sean Ervine, Greg Lamb, Tino Mawoyo, Shingirai Masakadza, Chris Mpofu, Tinashe Panyangara, Ray Price, Ed Rainsford, Vusi Sibanda, Tatenda Taibu, Brendan Taylor, Prosper Utseya, Sean Williams.