ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018 - Zimbabwe - Team Preview

Sean Williams was a late addition to the Zimbabwe squad
Sean Williams was a late addition to the Zimbabwe squad
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Zimbabwe will be upbeat about their chances in the 2018 ICC World Cup Qualifiers and will have an additional advantage of playing at home.

One of the four Test-playing nations in the tournament (Afghanistan and Ireland were granted Test status last year), Zimbabwe were hit by off-field issues and despite the setbacks, they did produce brilliance on the field. Zimbabwe registered a historic 3-2 series victory over Sri Lanka in the Asian country and recently even defeated them once again during the tri-series in Bangladesh. However, they had their setbacks too, losing to Afghanistan 4-1 in their series in United Arab Emirates and Graeme Cremer will be hoping to inspire them to a place in the 2019 World Cup.

Zimbabwe initially had Ryan Burl and Tarisai Musakanda in their squad, but they were replaced by Sean Williams and Cephas Zhuwao. They lost a valuable warm-up game against Ireland which ended in no result but did win their second warm-up game against Papua New Guinea by five wickets.

Group: Zimbabwe will be part of Group B along with Scotland, Nepal, Hong Kong and Afghanistan.

Fixtures:

v Nepal, Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo, 4th March
v Afghanistan, Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo, 6th March
v Hong Kong, Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo, 10th March
v Scotland, Bulawayo Athletic Club, 12th March

Squad:

Graeme Cremer (captain), Sean Williams, Tendai Chatara, Tendai Chisoro, Craig Ervine, Kyle Jarvis, Hamilton Masakadza, Solomon Mire, Peter Moor, Cephas Zhuwao, Blessing Muzarabani, Sikandar Raza, Brendan Taylor, Brian Vitori, Malcolm Waller.

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