Harare - Zimbabwe’s new coach Dav Whatmore on Wednesday named a 15-man
squad for the upcoming Cricket World Cup, aiming for glory after a prolonged
poor showing on the global stage.
"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 in pool B, alongside India, South Africa, Pakistan, West Indies, Ireland and the United Arab Emirates.
Zimbabwe Cricket World Cup squad:Elton Chigumbura (captain), 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