Chevrons’ Pakistan tour: Dust raised over the exclusion of Tuskers’ players

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Chevrons’ Pakistan tour: Dust raised over the exclusion of Tuskers’ players Ernest Masuku

B-Metro

Fungai Muderere
DUST has been raised over the exclusion of four Tuskers players, Ainsley Ndlovu, Christopher Mpofu, Charlton Tshuma and Ernest Masuku from the Zimbabwe’s training squad ahead of next month’s tour of Pakistan.

The four were excluded from the squad that got into camp last Tuesday to prepare for the trip to Pakistan for reasons that have been dismissed as not holding any water.

The Chevrons are in camp preparing for the three one-day international (ODI) matches and as many Twenty-20 international (T20I) games.

The ODI series is part of the inaugural ICC Cricket World Cup Super League and will be held on October 30 and November 1 and 3.

David Mutendera, the national convener of selectors claimed that in coming with the squad that got into camp, they looked at statistics from the last tour, domestic statistics, balance of the team as per the request of the technical team and assessment by the technical team.

Bulawayo Metropolitan Cricket Association chairman, Godwin Dube, who is also a Zimbabwe Cricket board member has questioned how the quartet got to be left out when they have better statistics compared to some of those in the squad.

Dube provided Mutendera domestic cricket limited overs statistics for the past two seasons which he said proves that further scrutiny to the given reasons however leads to a disturbing and different conclusion.

“From the statistical information available which in my opinion should form the basis of any selection to a training squad, it is evident that the players have been unfairly excluded and the reasons given are rather farfetched. The mere fact that these omitted players performed reasonably better than some who have been included is a serious cause of concern,’’ Dube said.

He brought it to Mutendera’s attention that the national selectors never bothered to monitor the players during the time they were training in Bulawayo and therefore made no sense that there was no way the technical committee could have had a say in them being excluded.

“I would also like to point out that none of the four selectors or any member of the technical team watched these players during the localised training camp. Therefore, it is evident that the given reason on the team being chosen after input and assessment by the technical committee doesn’t hold water.”

Dube said he found it bizarre that three of the four players omitted were part of the tour of Bangladesh and suddenly cannot be in a squad of 26 when they made it to a team of 15. He points out that on the domestic front, the players left out have superior statistics to those called up and it is disturbing that selectors ignore that.

“I also find it a bit strange that three of the four players excluded from the national training squad featured in the last competitive national team before the Corona induced break. Hence it is puzzling how the players have been dropped from a squad of 26 yet they made the last touring squad of 15. The question is what instrument has been used to exclude these players since no cricket has been played ever since. On the domestic front, the excluded players’ performance is seemingly superior to some who have been included compared to their counterparts. This is a worrisome trend,’’ Dube said.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe senior national cricket team players will get to warm up their tour of Pakistan in the inaugural Zimbabwe Premier League that starts on Sunday.

Nine clubs, Amakhosi, Queens Sports Club, Midwest, Takashinga, Great Zimbabwe, Kings, Rainbow, Gladiators and Easterns will compete for the US$10 000 winners prize money.

“The games are on this weekend and this is good for our cricket. What I know is that the start is meant to give national team players a run so that they are match-fit when they travel to Pakistan,” said Tuskers administrator Nicholas Singo.

Fixtures
Sunday: Midwest vs Takashinga (Kwekwe Sports Club), Great Zimbabwe vs Harare Kings (Masvingo Sports Club), Rainbow vs Gladiators (Harare Sports Club), Queens vs Amakhosi (Queens Sports Club), Easterns (Bye)

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