Matsikenyeri back for New Zealand tour


Top-order batsman Stuart Matsikenyeri has made a comeback to the Zimbabwean squad for their upcoming tour of New Zealand.

Vusi Sibanda missed out since he was ineligible for selection after declining a domestic contract in favour of playing grade cricket in Australia.

There were no other surprises in the 16-member side that will be led by Brendan Taylor.

Matsikenyeri played the last of his 108 ODIs in March 2010 before being dropped from the side.
He has had a good run of form for the Eagles in domestic cricket, which helped him force his way back into the set-up.

Stuart Matsikenyeri has earned a recall into the national squad as he has done very well in the domestic competitions and is one of the few batsmen who have been consistent, convener of selectors Givemore Makoni said. He is an experienced and aggressive player.

The ZC cricket committees eligibility policy for selection provides for exceptions in the case of one-off tournaments abroad in which case a no-objection certificate is issued, such as the one given to Taylor for his foreign assignments.

Sibanda, unlike Taylor, was not issued an NOC, which ruled him out of contention.

Spinner Graeme Cremer finds a place in the Test side, but will make way for Prosper Utseya ahead of the limited-overs leg of the tour. The series will comprise a one-off Test starting January 26, followed by three ODIs and two Twenty20s.

Brendan Taylor (capt), Regis Chakabva, Elton Chigumbura, Graeme Cremer (Test only), Kyle Jarvis, Hamilton Masakadza, Shingirai Masakadza, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Tinotenda Mawoyo, Keegan Meth, Forster Mutizwa, Raymond Price, Tatenda Taibu (wk), Prosper Utseya (limited-overs only), Brian Vitori, Malcolm Waller