Mountaineers Gumbie in Zimbabwe-West Indies squad for Test series￼
MUTARE-Mega Market Mountaineers player Joylord Gumbie has been named in Zimbabwe’s squad for their test series against the West Indies. The two-match test series gets underway at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Saturday. The first Test is scheduled for February 4-8 with the second penciled in for February 12-16.
In the absence of regular captain Sean Williams who is recovering from a fractured finger, Craig Ervine will lead Zimbabwe in the series. The home side will also be without all-rounders Sikandar Raza and Ryan Burl who are fulfilling franchise commitments abroad, while pacemen Tendai Chatara and Blessing Muzarabani are recuperating from thigh injuries
Mega Market Mountaineers coach, Njabulo Ncube said Gumbie has been working hard and wished him well.
“Its good for mountaineers to represented. Gumbie has been working extremely hard over the past few months. It was good seeing him putting up good scores. I hope he maintains the hunger to succeed,” said the youthful gaffer.
Gumbie who has been enjoying a good form in the Logan Cup will join other uncapped players- Tafadzwa Tsiga as well as opening batters Kudzai Maunze and Tanunurwa Makoni. The trio of top-order batter Innocent Kaia and seamers Bradley Evans and Tanaka Chivanga is also in line to make their Test debuts after they were picked to face the West Indies.
Donald Tiripano and Chamunorwa Chibhabha have been recalled to add some experience to the side, while Victor Nyauchi, Wellington Masakadza, Richard Ngarava, Brandon Mavuta and Milton Shumba will be looking to make an impression in the longest version of the game.
Balance Gary, Chibhabha Chamunorwa, Chivanga Tanaka, Ervine Craig (captain), Evans Bradley, Gumbie Joylord, Kaia Innocent, Makoni Tanunurwa, Masakadza Wellington, Maunze Kudzai, Mavuta Brandon, Ngarava Richard, Nyauchi Victor, Shumba Milton, Tiripano Donald, Tsiga Tafadzwa