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Zimbabwe cricket selectors challenged to pick deserving players

Terence Kaseke
CRICKET analyst and commentator Dean Du Plessis has urged the Zimbabwe Cricket selectors to select players on merit for the upcoming Pakistan tour set to kick off next month.

Zimbabwe was defeated by New Zealand in the recently ended T20 international at Harare Sports club while players with better statistics were left out of the team.

a�?Ita��s a simple thing; players should only be picked purely on merit. If a player is constantly taking wickets or continuously scoring runs there is no reason why they should have been left out,a�? said Du Plessis.

Du Plessis said some big names have to be left out because they are simply not performing well.

a�?They are a couple of players who dona��t deserve to be in the squad right now. Regardless of the fact that a player was once ranked the best wicket taker or number one batsman.A� If they cannotA� produce results they will need to give others a chance,a�?A� added Du Plessis.

Another cricket analyst Vumindaba Moyo said whilst there was no scientific way of picking players Zimbabwe Cricket has to try to emulate Cricket South Africa.

a�?There is no scientific way of picking cricketers but one thing I know is that those guys spent a lot of hours deliberating on who should be picked and who should not. But if we could emulate South Africa Ia��m sure we would move forward swiftly Quinton De Kock was dropped for poor form until he regains his form,a�? he said.

A number of cricket fans took to social media bemoaning the way players have been selected saying there were better players out there that deserve to be wearing national team colours.

One Luckmore Mpofuza took to twitter saying a�?only if we do not play Utseya and give players who deserve to be in the team a chancea�?

Former Minister of Education, Sport, Arts and CultureA� David Coltart also raised hiws concern.

a�?Can anyone explain the logic of getting Prosper Utseya open the bowling today v NZ? 15 off the 1st over. Surely we have someone better,a�? he said.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Under-19 women side will take part in a four-nation tournament in Gaborone Botswana from Friday to Monday.

They will join Mozambique, Namibia and the hosts in the tournament that will see the four sides play 40-over matches against each other in a round-robin format. The team that will finish on top of the log will eventually be crowned champions.