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04-Jan-2023 15:30:00 GMT
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Ballance included in Zimbabwe T20Is squad

Harare: Afew key players are missing for Zimbabwe as they named their squad for the three-match T20I series against Ireland later in the month.

Sikandar Raza, Blessing Muzarabani, Regis Chakabva and Milton Shumba miss out from Zimbabwe's T20I squad for the series that begins mid-January.

The team has four changes from the squad that played the ICC Men's T20 World Cup in Australia last year with the most notable one being the addition of former England player Gary Ballance, who recently signed a two-year deal with Zimbabwe cricket to play domestic and international cricket.

Ballance was released from Yorkshire after a lengthy stint that began in 2007 and returned to Zimbabwe to represent his home country.

While Ballance's return is great news, Zimbabwe are missing star all-rounder Raza, who has been granted permission to play franchise cricket instead.

Muzarabani is still recovering from a quadriceps injury, but Tendai Chatara and Richard Ngarava are present to bolster the pace attack.

Zimbabwe T20I squad for series against Ireland:
Craig Ervine (capt), Gary Ballance, Ryan Burl, Tendai Chatara, Bradley Evans, Luke Jongwe, Innocent Kaia, Clive Madande, Wessly Madhevere, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Wellington Masakadza, Tony Munyonga, Richard Ngarava, Victor Nyauchi, Sean Williams.

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