Red-hot Raza hoping to continue form in T20 World Cup

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Zimbabwe will hosts Ireland in three ODIs and as many T20Is at Harare Sports Club in January

Zimbabwe allrounder Sikandar Raza is looking to carry forward his recent red-hot form into the ongoing ICC Men’s Two World Cup which got underway in Australia on Sunday.

Raza has been one of the leading players in international cricket which recently earned him the ICC Mean’s Player of the Month for August.

The 36-year-old explosive batsman is eager to replicate the same form in the T20 World Cup, where Zimbabwe begin their campaign with a tricky Group B fixture against Ireland at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Monday.

The match starts at 10am (Zimbabwe time)

“The truth is I am a bit nervous; I am a bit anxious, but I think all these feelings basically mean I really care,” the all-rounder said.

“Coming here as the form guy . . . this is where it matters the most, so hopefully I can carry that form into the next three games and inshallah together as a team we qualify for the Super 12 and carry on with form there as well.

“I am confident . . . this is where it really matters for myself and for the team and for the country and for people all over the world – Zimbabweans and those who were wishing us well.”

Zimbabwe will be seeking a winning start against the Irish ahead of their remaining first-round matches against the West Indies on Wednesday and Scotland on Friday.

The top two teams from Group B will join the Super 12 stage, along with the top two sides from Group A which features Sri Lanka, the United Arab Emirates, the Netherlands and Namibia.

Zimbabwe Squad

Craig Ervine (captain), Ryan Burl, Regis Chakabva, Tendai Chatara, Bradley Evans, Luke Jongwe Clive Madande, Wessly Madhevere, Wellington Masakadza, Tony Munyonga, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, Sikandar Raza, Milton Shumba, Sean Williams.

Non-traveling reserves

Tanaka Chivanga, Innocent Kaia, Kevin Kasuza, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Victor Nyauchi.

 

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