Zimbabwe preparing for their Pro20 series in South Africa.http://www.zimcricket.org/index.php?pid ... icleid=446http://www.brmtaylor.com/news-58.html
The squad features a couple of new faces from the group that beat Australia last year, namely spinner Ray Price, pace bowler Taurai Muzarabani and batsman Regis Chakabva. The 13 man squad consists of: Prosper Utseya (captain), Chamunorwa Chibhabha, Elton Chigumbura, Regis Chakabva, Keith Dabengwa, Timycen Maruma, Hamilton Masakadza, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Tawanda Mupariwa, Taurai Muzarabani, Raymond Price, Tatenda Taibu and Brendan Taylor (likely wk).
Zimbabwe XI (likely): Brendan Taylor, Hamilton Masakadza, Chamu Chibhabha, Tatenda Taibu, Regis Chakabva, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Keith Dabengwa, Elton Chigumbura, Prosper Utseya, Tawanda Mupariwa, Raymond Price
V Sibanda (3 weeks, hip), S Williams (2 weeks, ankle), G Brent (2 weeks, fractured finger)
If we had 3 key injuries in 2006, it would have been a disaster. Thankfully now we have a bit of depth (but beyond the 15th man it thins out), so it doesn't affect us too much.
I think Taylor/Masakadza will open, it would make sense for the Twenty20's. Likewise, I think Taylor will be wicket keeper leaving Taibu and Chakabva to run around in the field.
I'd like to see Chigumbura play the role of a floating batsman. If we are 0/70 after 10 overs and a wicket falls, I'd like to see Chigumbura out there applying more pressure. If we are 4/50 after 10 overs, then keep him at number 7 or 8 to score big in the last couple of overs while Chakabva and Matsikenyeri consolidate during the middle overs.
I think Zimbabwe will win this tournament. On paper Zimbabwe are stronger than any other team, and we have enough key players to cause problems for the opposition. Namely Brendan Taylor, Hamilton Masakadza, Keith Dabengwa (I never thought I'd say that, but he is ideally suited to Twenty20) and Elton Chigumbura. And of the bowlers, Chigumbura and Ray Price. I'm really looking forward to this series, I think Zimbabwe will take everybody by surprise.