MOUNTAINEERS’ player, Kevin Kasuza, believes the squad selected for the T20 international matches against Afghanistan is the best of what is available and will strive to get good results as they seek to build on past achievements.
Zimbabwe have selected a youthful squad to face Afghanistan in two Tests and three T20 international matches in Abu Dhabi.
The first Test is scheduled for March 2 to 6, with the second five-day match pencilled for March 10-14.
The team will play their T20 matches on March 17, 19 and 20.
Kasuza said: “This just another assignment in which we need to strive to get good results as we seek to build on past achievements.
“We just need to carry on from where we left and hope that everyone understands what is expected of them. We will give it our best shot and hope to get the result we all want for our country.”
Tarisai Musakanda, who had not played another Test match since he made his debut away to Sri Lanka in July 2017, has bounced back to reclaim his place in the national side following some impressive performances.
After being named the National Premier League batsman of the tournament, the 26-year-old has continued with his good form with the bat, hitting back-to-back centuries for the Southerns select side in the four-day matches that Zimbabwe have been using to prepare for the upcoming tour.
Ryan Burl, another in-form 26-year-old player, is also in line to make what could be his second Test appearance after selectors included him among the 15 players picked for the five-day matches.
Wessly Madhevere, the 20-year-old sensation who has already caused waves in limited-overs international cricket, is also set to earn his Test cap.
The travelling squad also includes youthful players Blessing Muzarabani (24), Brandon Mavuta (23), Richard Ngarava (23), Wellington Masakadza (27) and Kasuza (27).
Captain Sean Williams, together with Sikandar Raza Butt, Regis Chakabva and Donald Tiripano, will provide Zimbabwe the much-needed experience for the series.
Conspicuous by their absence from the squad are the veteran duo of Brendan Taylor and Craig Ervine who both failed to join the national team camp due to illness.
Tendai Chatara and Chamu Chibhabha also missed out as they are yet to fully recover from right upper-arm and thigh muscle injuries respectively.
PJ Moor was also ruled out after suffering a hamstring injury during a practice match early this week.
The trio of Milton Shumba, Faraz Akram and Tinashe Kamunhukamwe will join the squad later for the T20 series.
Zimbabwe Test Squad for Afghanistan Tour 2021:
Sean Williams (captain), Ryan Burl, Sikandar Raza Butt, Regis Chakabva, Kevin Kasuza, Wessly Madhevere, Wellington Masakadza, Prince Masvaure, Brandon Mavuta, Tarisai Musakanda, Richmond Mutumbami, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, Victor Nyauchi and Donald Tiripano.