Sean Ervine, the Hampshire and former Zimbabwe all-rounder, has signed for reigning Castle Logan Cup champions Matabeleland Tuskers for the remainder of the cricket season.
He will return to England in time for Hampshire’s pre-season tour of Barbados in March next year.
Ervine will make his debut for Tuskers when they clash with Mountaineers in a Castle Logan Cup encounter at Queens Sports Club starting on Monday and he will also be available for the Coca-Cola Pro50 Championship.
Tuskers coach Dave Houghton confirmed the signing of Ervine in an interview with NewsDay Sport on Sunday and said he was confident the talented all-rounder would make an impact for his side during his stint.
“He’s obviously a very experienced first-class cricketer and his record at Hampshire speaks for itself as he has done very well for them. His experience in first-class cricket will be a massive boost for the whole team and hopefully he will perform equally well for us during his stint,” said Houghton.
Ervine, who scored 1 155 runs and took 22 wickets in all competitions for Hampshire last season, has previously played for Mountaineers and Southern Rocks in the first two editions of the Stanbic Twenty20 competition.
The move to Tuskers reunites Sean with his younger sibling Craig, who also made the move to the Bulawayo-based franchise from Southern Rocks before the start of the domestic season.
The two brothers will, however, have to wait a bit longer before they can play in the same team as Craig is unavailable.
Seamer Christopher Mpofu is also out owing to injury and is due to undergo an MRI scan.
Tuskers are currently setting the pace in the Logan Cup with 21 points after three wins and a draw in their first four matches.
They have, however, struggled to transfer that form in the longer version of the game to the Coca-Cola Pro50 championship where they have one win in four matches and Houghton conceded that it was something that his team needed to work on.
Meanwhile, Mashonaland Eagles host Southern Rocks in the other Castle Logan Cup match pencilled for Harare Sports Club starting this morning.
Eagles, who currently occupy second place with two wins, a draw and a loss in four matches, will be favourites to easily beat Rocks, who have lost all their first four encounters so far this season.