Alan Butcher, Zimbabwe’s head coach, expressed confidence in the inclusion of Natsai M’shangwe into the Zimbabwe Twenty20 squad. Zimbabwe hosts the Black Caps in the Econet Twenty20 series which is a two match series starting on Saturday the 15th of October at Harare Sports Club.
20 year old, M’shangwe is the latest addition into the Zimbabwe camp and likely to make his Twenty20 and One-day International debut in the on-going tour against New Zealand. The right-arm leg spinner has 24 A-list matches for the Zimbabwe ‘A’ team and averages 21.17. He launched his domestic 2011/12 campaign on a high note with a five wicket haul in the Mountaineers’ 106-run victory against the Matabeleland Tuskers.
Butcher expressed his faith in the young man’s abilities and fine form in the recent matches against touring ‘A’ sides.
“He has come into the squad to give our two more experienced spinners some back up if we feel that the pitches require it. He made his debut ion the triangular versus Australia and South Africa ‘A’ squads and bowled very well against South Africa A.”
“We certainly think that in one-day cricket he is somebody who certainly needs opportunities to play and opportunities to progress in his game. He does certainly have the temperament to step up and play at the highest level,” said Butcher at a press conference at Harare sports Club on Thursday.
Zimbabwe has been affected by the absence of another leg spinner, Graeme Cremer who last played for Zimbabwe in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 and went under the knife on his left knee. He is one of the quickest fielders in the field and often makes it difficult for batsmen to beat him in the infield. Cremer has batting abilities and contributes a significant amount of runs at the lower order.
“It’s been a blow [not having Graeme Cremer] he would have made a difference in the Pakistan series particularly in the Test. But again his injury has been long term, he has been out for three to four months now and it is something that we’ve learnt to live with. We will be looking forward to him regaining full fitness and being part of our attack again,” said Butcher.