View Full Version : Zimbabwe back at absolute full strength

al Furqaan
January 12, 2011, 11:11 PM
they finally got Sean Ervine back, the older brother of Craig.

while its a far cry, they could be the next Flower brothers combo. zimbabwe now have pretty much all the players that are young enough to play viable careers back. first assignment is the world cup.

but judging by the ease with which we've beaten them in recent times, one player won't make much difference over the course of a series.

nonetheless, hopefully we get a good contest in the Tests when we tour zimbabwe this summer.

January 13, 2011, 12:58 AM
Did ZIM get their test status back already?

January 13, 2011, 01:12 AM
Zimbabwe has a very long ways to go before they become competitive with the other test teams. Like al furqaan says their 1st assignment is the WC. Their stuck in a worse group so they should be competitive in some matches.

This last series just showed how poor of a team they are despite beating us once. They were just simply outplayed in all departments. Their technique against spin was just awful and they won't last against the other subcontinental teams. Their bowling also needs a whole lot of work. Mpofu and chigumbura look to be decent talents. Utseya and price are good spinners. They all need to be more consistent.

They really need to get back in to the test fold so that they can play more cricket against healthy competition. Seems like the only good teams they play is BD and SA. The more they play in the top level. The more they'll learn and the better they'll become. I really do wish them the best because I'm a fan of them and it would be great to have another good quality team in international cricket.
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January 13, 2011, 01:37 AM
good for zim

January 22, 2011, 04:59 AM
Yeah, this is pretty much their full strength team. Well, may be except for Gary Ballance and Anthony Ireland.

al Furqaan
January 23, 2011, 02:16 PM
Yeah, this is pretty much their full strength team. Well, may be except for Gary Ballance and Anthony Ireland.

ireland was garbage...he played in their 2005-2006 squads that weren't that good. no pace, no real threat, no matter how accurate he might have been. unless he has improved by miles since we last saw him.

Mpofu is far better than ireland ever was. the new kid Masakadza looks impressive. has pace, and has a physical presence.

Jarvis is raw, but has all the tools, and is capable of pushing the gun to 145-150 kph.

They also have some guy named Chitara who is another 140 k bowler...it remains to be seen how he pans out.

bujhee kom
January 23, 2011, 04:09 PM
Hhhmmm...Good for Zimbabwe.

January 23, 2011, 04:31 PM
So, Sean Irvine will play as overseas player for hampshire this coming county season.

January 23, 2011, 11:22 PM
whoever they get they will be thrashed by us when they come to bd later this year

January 24, 2011, 12:20 AM
whoever they get they will be thrashed by us when they come to bd later this year
But, before that, we will be going over to Zimbabwe to play an ODI series, and, possibly, couple of Tests. Zimbabwe on their own home grounds can be pretty challenging.

al Furqaan
January 26, 2011, 03:21 PM
...and ervine departs.

good riddance i guess. his heart wasn't set on zimbabwe. one can't but help to feel for the zim fans after the roller coaster ervine put his fans on.

Zim would have struggled with him, now they will struggle some more. but at least they can focus on finding somone to take his spot. best of luck to Craig Ervine.

January 26, 2011, 11:07 PM
Ervine pulls out of World Cup squad (http://www.espncricinfo.com/zimbabwe/content/current/story/498379.html)

Sean Ervine has pulled out of Zimbabwe's squad for the World Cup, and will remain at Hampshire in 2011. Ervine, who had been named in both the preliminary and finalised squads for the tournament, had a change of heart shortly before the national team were due to depart for a training camp in Dubai.

"After having had time to reflect on all of the circumstances, I have realised that this is not the right time to leave Hampshire," said Ervine. "I have a great relationship with this club and its supporters and I feel like part of a family. I feel Hampshire is my home; so much so that I am planning to get married there next year. I do not, therefore, want to be away for long periods of time."

It had appeared certain that Ervine would part ways with Hampshire to reignite his international career, which he described as his "ultimate goal", but his decision not to play for Zimbabwe means he will not be considered an overseas player - a position filled by legspinner Imran Tahir at Hampshire - and will therefore be eligible to play for the county in all forms of the game in 2011. Ervine had proved a success in his six years with the club, helping the team to three trophies, scoring 3,956 first-class runs and taking 118 first class wickets in the process.

"We are very happy that Sean has come to this conclusion," said Hampshire manager Giles White. "He is an important and highly-valued cricketer who is popular with everyone associated with The Rose Bowl and central to our plans for the future."

Alistair Campbell, the head of Zimbabwe's selection panel and former national captain, expressed his disappointment at Ervine's withdrawal. "Zimbabwe Cricket was very excited about Sean coming back into the setup. However, he may not have realised that international cricket is a lot harder than he remembers," Campbell said in a ZC statement.

"He has lived a very comfortable life in county cricket for the last six years and obviously decided at the last minute he might not be up to the challenges of international cricket after all. A lot of people have gone to a lot of effort to make it happen for Sean. Although is very late in the day to change his mind, it is better than realising his mistake during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011."

ZC has approached the ICC Event Technical Committee to seek approval for batsman Tino Mawoyo to replace Ervine in the squad. An opening batsman, Mawoyo played two one-day internationals against Bangladesh in 2006 and is a regular in the Zimbabwe A line-up. He had been named as a non-travelling reserve for the World Cup before Ervine's last-minute departure. Craig Ervine, Sean's younger brother, remains part of Zimbabwe's squad.


sir john
January 27, 2011, 12:40 AM
ervine decision will hurt zimbo fans.