Zimbabwe 'have To Enjoy' First Home Test Since 2017
Zeeshan Mehtab 3 months ago Sat 18th January 2020 | 08:20 AM
Harare, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 18th Jan, 2020 ) :Wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva says that Zimbabwe "have to enjoy" their first home Test since 2017 as the African nation return to five-day action against Sri Lanka after their recent suspension by the International Cricket Council.
"It's always tough, going for that long between playing Tests, because you always want to play as often and as regularly as possible," Chakabva told cricbuzz.com.
"But unfortunately we haven't had that privilege really, so we just have to accept what is there and as tough as it is, when the next one comes you always have to enjoy it.
"I think for any youngster who's starting off and aspiring they definitely want to be involved (in Tests) at some point in their career." Mickey Arthur's Sri Lanka arrive in Zimbabwe after a 1-0 defeat in a two-Test series in Pakistan, although that came after the side showed signs of a revival in a shock 2-0 series victory in South Africa and drawn series against New Zealand.
But the tourists have left out fast-scoring batsman Kusal Perera, who scored a match-winning 153 not out against South Africa last February, with Lahiru Thirimanne preferred despite having an average of only 22.
64 from 35 Tests.
"Yes, Kusal can make 150s, but we needed someone who can occupy the crease, which is why we chose Thirimanne," said Sri Lanka's chairman of selectors Asantha de Mel. "Thirimanne can also bat in the top order or as an opener." Zimbabwe have named all-rounder Sean Williams as captain for the series, with batsmen PJ Moor and Ryan Burl both surprisingly left out.
SquadsZimbabwe: Sean Williams (capt), Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva (wkt), Craig Ervine, Kyle Jarvis, Kevin Kasuza, Timycen Maruma, Prince Masvaure, Brian Mudzinganyama, Carl Mumba, Ainsley Ndlovu, Victor Nyauchi, Brendan Taylor, Donald Tiripano, Charlton TshumaSri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (capt), Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wkt), Dilruwan Perera, Lasith Embuldeniya, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Lakshan Sandakan, Suranga Lakmal.