ZIMBABWE’S second string cricket team players will have a chance to impress the selectors when they take on their Bangladesh counterparts in the first four-day match which starts tomorrow at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium in Cox’s Bazar.
The first four-day match will kick start a busy three-week schedule for the Zimbabwe A side who will be involved in two four-dayers and three one-day matches in the subcontinent.
With the Zimbabwe cricket team expected to tour the subcontinent nation for three Tests and five ODIs starting next month most players in the Zimbabwe A squad will be hoping to take this opportunity to give a good account of themselves.
The other major focus for the players will be the 2015 International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup to be hosted by Australia and New Zealand early next year.
The Mufaro Chiturumani-coached Zimbabwe A squad which left the country early this week is made up of players aiming to fight their way back into the national team and others hoping for breakthrough to the senior side.
Vusi Sibanda, who has struggled for form in recent matches captains the side which features other national team capped such as Shingi Masakadza, Tino Mawoyo, Regis Chakabva, Tawanda Mupariwa, Mark Vermeulen, Malcolm Waller, and Forster Mtizwa.
Sibanda is expected to open the batting with Mawoyo; with Vermeulen coming in at number three while the likes of Chakabva, Waller, Richmond Mutumbami and Mtizwa forming the backbone of the middle-order.
Zimbabwe A squad: Vusumuzi Sibanda (captain), Regis Chakabva, Brian Chari, Michael Chinouya, Joylord Gumbie, Luke Jongwe, Tafadzwa Kamungozi, Neville Madziva, Tatenda Manatsa, Timycen Maruma, Shingi Masakadza, Tino Mawoyo, Kudakwashe Munyede, Tawanda Mupariwa, Forster Mutizwa, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Richmond Mutumbami, Taurai Muzarabani, Mark Vermeulen, Malcolm Waller.