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12:00 AM, April 09, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, April 09, 2019

Masakadza, Taylor out of UAE ODIs

Zimbabwe have announced a 16-strong squad to take on United Arab Emirates at home in the first two games of a four-match one-day international series which starts on Wednesday.

They will have to make do without two of their most experienced players in regular captain Hamilton Masakadza and wicketkeeper Brendan Taylor, who have both been ruled out. The former sustained a thumb injury while playing domestic cricket in February, while the latter hurt his hamstring playing in the Pakistan Super League. Vice-captain Peter Moor will lead the side in Masakadza's absence.

Both are close to a return, having taken part in a training camp that preceded the series, but have not recovered in time to take part. Elsewhere, two uncapped players have been included: Ainsley Ndlovu, a 23-year-old left-arm spinner, and Tony Munyonga, a 20-year-old off-spinning all-rounder.

Timycen Naruma and Regis Chakabva have each been recalled after lengthy absences from the ODI set-up. The former is a batsman and part-time leg-spinner, who last represented his country in 2016, and has shot back to prominence in Zimbabwe domestic cricket. He finished fifth in the run-scorers charts in the Pro50 Championship, and top in charts for the first-class Logan Cup.

Zimbabwe and UAE will play four ODIs between 10-16 April, with all proceeds from the third ODI going towards Cyclone Idai relief efforts.

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