Blessing Muzarabani’s Comeback: Sikandar Raza to Lead Zimbabwe’s Strong Squad in T20 World Cup Africa Qualifier

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Sikandar Raza will lead Zimbabwe’s full-strength squad in the upcoming T20 World Cup men’s Africa Qualifier, to be held in Namibia from November 22. The team made four changes to the side that featured at the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia, with opening batters Innocent Kaia, Nicholas Welch and Tadiwanashe Marumani, and fast bowler Carl Mumba all finding a place in the 15-member squad. Zimbabwe are one of seven teams taking part in the Africa Qualifier, as they look to book their spot in next year’s T20 World Cup, to be held in the USA and the Caribbean. Zimbabwe did not participate in the 2021 T20 World Cup because Zimbabwe Cricket was suspended by the ICC due to government interference in its administration. At the 2022 edition, they topped their group in the first round but finished last and failed to automatically qualify for 2024. Last month, ZC named Raza as the permanent captain in T20Is, while also retaining Dave Houghton as the head coach in an attempt to maintain continuity. Overall, the team will be boosted by the return to full fitness of pace bowler Blessing Muzarabani who has recovered from a right-hand fracture. Zimbabwe will be without seamer Brad Evans, who has not yet fully recovered from shin splits.

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