NATIONAL cricket team all-rounder Luke Jongwe has been fined for breaking a team curfew on Sunday evening.
Jongwe’s breach of discipline occurred after first one-day international (ODI) against South Africa at Queens Sports Club, where the 19-year-old all-rounder earned his maiden international cap.
In an statement yesterday, Zimbabwe Cricket said Jongwe had been fined his match fee from the first ODI.
“The national team disciplinary committee met in Bulawayo this afternoon to consider the case of all-rounder Luke Jongwe who was accused of breaking the team curfew last night (Sunday).
“Jongwe pleaded guilty and apologised to the national team coach and management for his behaviour which he said was unbecoming for someone in camp to represent their country. The committee took into consideration Jongwe’s plea.
“It also considered that the 19-year-old is a first offender and that he had otherwise settled well into the team and showed that with his debut performance in the first One-Day International (ODI) match against the touring South Africa, at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo. The former Zimbabwe under-19 vice-captain, who made 19 runs, was one of only five Zimbabwe batsmen who went into double figures yesterday.
“However, the committee pointed out that the violation of a team code is a serious offence. It fined Jongwe his match fee from the first ODI,” ZC said.
Meanwhile, seamer Tinashe Panyangara is expected to bounce back in the Zimbabwe team to face South Africa in the second ODI today, with Shingirai Masakadza dropped from the squad.
The return of Panyangara was the only change in the 15-man squad released by Zimbabwe Cricket yesterday.
Zimbabwe Squad: Elton Chigumbura (Captain), Sikandar Raza Butt, Luke Jongwe, Neville Madziva, Timycen Maruma, Hamilton Masakadza, Richmond Mutumbami, John Nyumbu, Tinashe Panyangara, Vusumuzi Sibanda, Brendan Taylor, Prosper Utseya, Brian Vitori, Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams