CHRIS-MPOFU

Zimbabwe squad for New Zealand tour named

Terence Kaseke
The Zimbabwe Chevrons will lock horns with New Zealand from Sunday at the Harare Sports Club in three ODIs and one T20 international series.

The Chevrons, as the national cricket side is known, dona��t have a good record against the Kiwis. They have only registered a three-wicket victory that was in 1997. The Kiwis will be without star batsman skipper Brendon McCullum, Cory Anderson and fast bowler Trent Boult as they have been rested.

Zimbabwe pace man Christopher Mpofu says he believes Zimbabwe is in a good position and they are not taking the series against New Zealand lightly since most of their quality players have been rested.

a�?I think we are in a good position especially after our last performance against India where we did very well so I am feeling all gooda�?, he said.

He mentions key players that wona��t do duty for the Kiwis.

a�?Corey (Corey Anderson) and McCullum (Brendon McCullum) are not coming which is good news for the bowlers but I believe they are still a strong team and we are not taking them for granted,a�? added Mpofu.

Mpofu has called on fans to be patient and has assured them of victories.

a�?I think we have a very big chance of winning this series and all I can say is that the fans need to be patient. I assure you the victories are coming and they will be more joy for Zimbabwe,a�? said Mpofu.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Pakistan tour dates have been released.

Pakistan will tour Zimbabwe from 24 September to the 5 October. The tour will comprise three Twenty20 International (T20I) and three One-Day International matches.

It will start with the T20I matches between 26 and 30 September, followed by the One-Day International matches going into the first weekend of October.

Zimbabwe Squad
Elton Chigumbura (Captain), Hamilton Masakadza, Chamunorwa Chibhabha, Sikandar Raza Butt, Sean Williams, Regis Chakabva (Wicket Keeper), Graeme Cremer, Neville Madziva, Tinashe Panyangara, Christopher Mpofu, John Nyumbu, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Luke Jongwe, Prosper Utseya.