Zimbabwe’s Hamilton Masakadza named new T20 Captain
Hamilton Masakadza has been named as Zimbabwe T20 Captain ahead of the upcoming T20 Tri-series featuring Pakistan and Zimbabwe. The experienced batsman has previously led the side in the 2016 T20 World Cup held in India.
Masakadza will be keen to do well in his second stint as captain of Zimbabwe national side. Zimbabwe will have to really work hard in order to compete against sides like Pakistan and Australia in the upcoming tri-series that will begin from 1st July.
The 34-year old is the leading run scorer for Zimbabwe in the T20 format till date. He has scored 1,481 runs in 55 innings at an average of 27.94 with 10 half-centuries to his name. His top score of unbeaten 93 runs came against Bangladesh in a T20 game played at Khulna in 2016. He is currently highest ranked player for Zimbabwe in the T20 format.
Masakadza also has played 36 Test matches and 193 limited-overs games for Zimbabwe since making his debut in 2001. His experience will definitely help Zimbabwe perform better in the upcoming T20 Tri-series featuring Australia and Pakistan. Hamilton Masakadza and co. will take on Pakistan in the opening game of the competition at Harare Sports Club.
Their next game will be played against Australia, who haven’t in the best of form after suffering a 5-0 whitewash at the hands of England in a five-match one-day series.
Zimbabwe will definitely rely on the likes of Solomon Mire, Matthew Waller, and Elton Chigumbura to do the bulk of the scoring. The absence of Graeme Cremer, Sean Williams, Brendan Taylor and Sikandar Raza will certainly hurt Zimbabwe’s chances in the contest. The four players have opted out of the competition following their dispute with Cricket Board on the non-payment of salaries.
After the conclusion of Tri-Series, Zimbabwe will face Pakistan in the five matches one-day series that will begin from 13th July