World Cup 2015: Zimbabwe leave out Sibanda, include Masakadza, Utseya

Jan 07, 2015, 21:41 IST | Agencies

Zimbabwe's new cricket coach Dav Whatmore on Wednesday named a 15-man squad for the upcoming World Cup, aiming for glory after a prolonged poor showing on the global stage 

Harare: Zimbabwe opening batsman Vusi Sibanda was Wednesday left out of the country's 15-member cricket World Cup squad.

Fellow batsman Hamilton Masakadza will make his first appearance at the tournament after he was overlooked for previous editions.

Experienced all-rounder Stuart Matsikenyeri makes a return to international cricket after a long absence.

All-rounder Sean Williams, who was left out of the squad that toured Bangladesh, also makes a return while there is no place for Malcolm Waller.

Coach Dave Whatmore expressed satisfaction with the pool of players picked.

"I am pleased with the squad that has been put together for the World Cup," said Whatmore.

"I think with this group of players we can go out there and compete with the top teams. With an injection of some confidence, these are the players we think can get some results in those conditions."

"The objective is to be really competitive against good opposition, stiff opposition, opposition that is ranked above us and most of the teams are," Whatmore said, flanked by team captain Elton Chigumbura and convenor of selectors Givemore Makoni.

He said the southern African nation's team must "stay in the game as long as possible" to win matches, with an eye on getting to the "super eight" stage of the tournament.

Whatmore, 60, was appointed Zimbabwe's head coach last week with a promise of a long-term contract, replacing Stephen Mangongo who was demoted to the under-19 team in the wake of a string of defeats. He has previously coached Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Zimbabwe are placed in Pool B together with South Africa, India, Pakistan, West Indies, Ireland and United Arab Emirates.

Zimbabwe's squad: Elton Chigumbura (capt), Sikandar Raza Butt, Regis Chakabva, Tendai Chatara, Chamunorwa Chibhabha, Craig Ervine, Tafadzwa Kamungozi, Hamilton Masakadza, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Solomon Mire, Tawanda Mupariwa, Tinashe Panyangara, Brendan Taylor, Prosper Utseya and Sean Williams. Non-travelling reserves: John Nyumbu, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Brian Vitori, Malcolm Waller and Cephas Zhuwao. Coach: Dav Whatmore 

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