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WICKET-KEEPER Regis Chakabva will captain Zimbabwe A when they take on Afghanistan in two warm-up matches at the Bulawayo Athletic Club next weekend.

Afghanistan are landing on Thursday at the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport and will play four One Day International matches at Bulawayo’s ceremonial home of cricket – Queens Sports Club.

Afghanistan will be involved in limited-overs during their tour against the national team as well as Zimbabwe A whose tour to Bangladesh was cancelled because of the monsoon weather.

The Zimbabwe A will play their warm-up matches against the Asians on Sunday with the last game set for July 15.

“The selectors have named a 14-member squad.The coaches will also be looking at some future players for the national team. Both Zimbabwe A and the national team will tour Bangladesh before the end of the year so the players are taking the Afghanistan games seriously as they want to be included for future tours,” said ZC communications manager, Lovemore Banda.

Budding Matabeleland Tuskers opening batsman Brian Chari and seasoned spinner John Nyumbu are the only two players from Bulawayo that have been named in the Zimbabwe A squad.

Neville Madziva and Joylord Gumbie, said to be among the country’s brighter prospects are also in the team that have experienced players like Forster Mutizwa, Richmond Mutumbami and Tinotenda Mutombodzi. After the warm-up matches, Afghanistan will then take on the national team and play their first of the four ODIs on July 18 with the second encounter following in two days time.

They will then take on Zimbabwe in the third ODI on July 22 and wind up their stay in the City of Kings on July 24 before travelling to Harare to participate in two Four-Day games.

Zimbabwe A Squad

Regis Chakabva (captain), Brian Chari, Michael Chinouya, Joylord Gumbie, Luke Jongwe, Raymond Kaia, Tafadzwa Kamungozi, Neville Madziva, Lovemore Gumunyu-Manatsa, Bright Mugochi, Forster Mutizwa, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Richmond Mutumbami and John Nyumbu

Source : The Herald