09 September 2012 - 11:52am IST
may not be the force it once was, but its ability to cause a few upsets may
well put Sri Lanka and South Africa, also placed in Group C at the ICC World
Twenty20 2012, on guard.
biggest win till date at the ICC World Twenty20 came at Cape Town in 2007
against Australia. Brendan Taylor, the man who was instrumental in helping them
cross the line in that game, will lead this team.
will also be the flagbearer of a batting line-up that consists of some
experienced players like Vusi Sibanda, Hamilton Masakadza and Elton Chigumbura.
experience of having played in the Sri Lankan Premier League in August may
stand Zimbabwe in good stead, although his returns were far from impressive. The
team will miss the services of Tatenda Taibu, who retired in June despite being
named in the 30-man probables list.
Mutizwa, the wicketkeeper batsman, and Ray Price are the only changes to the
squad that upstaged South Africa in an unofficial T20 series that also included
Bangladesh in June. Mutizwa, who had recently been sidelined due to injury,
comes into the side as cover for Taylor, who will keep wicket in Sri Lanka
following the retirement of Taibu.
Muzhange, the 21-year-old medium-pacer, was the only uncapped member named in
the 15-man squad for the ICC World Twenty20. Muzhange, who has trained under
Jason Gillespie, the former Australian fast bowler, during his stint with the
Midwest Rhinos in the domestic championship, impressed during the series in
June, with his yorkers and accurate line-and-length bowling.
The pace-bowling unit will be led by Christopher
Mpofu and Brian Vitori, who burst into the international arena with consecutive
five-wicket hauls in his first two ODIs against Bangladesh in 2011. Although
Vitori is yet to make his T20I debut, the degree of success that he has had in
ODIs and Test matches should boost Zimbabwe. Heath Streak, the team's bowling
coach, possesses a wealth of experience and will be an invaluable mentor.
the conditions in Sri Lanka, Ray Price, the left-arm spinner who is also their
most experienced bowler, will be required to give the side breakthroughs as
well as stifle the run flow. To complement him will be Graeme Cremer, the
legspinner, and Prosper Utseya, the offspinner who used to captain the side.
will be coming into the tournament on the back of an intense conditioning camp
in Harare. It would be buoyed by two successes against South Africa during the
tri-series in June.
South Africa did not field its full-strength squad, Zimbabwe's marked
improvement, especially in the batting department, could not be brushed aside.
it has been starved of international games since, which means that it would
have just two warm-up matches in Colombo against Ireland and Bangladesh ahead
of the tournament opener against Sri Lanka on September 18.