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Zimbabwe Cricket and Sikandar Raza bury the hatchet; all-rounder included in Bangladesh tour squad

By Sports Reporter


ZIMBABWE cricket team allrounder Sikandar Raza has bounced back in the national squad for the upcoming tour of Bangladesh after settling his contractual dispute with the local cricket governing body (ZC).

ZC announced Tuesday that Raza had been added to the Zimbabwe squads travelling to Bangladesh next month for three One Day International (ODI) matches and two Tests after A successful meeting with the cricket body’s contracts committee held on Monday.

ZC added that “Raza explained himself, apologised for his actions and pledged his commitment to Zimbabwe national duty.”

The 32-year-old batting all-rounder will, however, not play any part in the preceding limited-overs tour of South Africa scheduled to start on Sunday.

Raza, who has established himself as one of Zimbabwe’s star players since making his debut in May 2013 said he was desperate to put the recent events behind him and focus on his cricket.

“I am extremely delighted with the news and thanks to ZC who quickly sorted out my issues,” Raza said.

“I just want to put this behind me and concentrate on and enjoy my cricket.”

ZC acting managing director Givemore Makoni, who was involved in a public spat with the players after he expressed his frustration on social media, welcomed Raza’s return to national duty.

“We are pleased to have found common ground with Sikandar, who is one of our best players. We welcome him back to the national team set-up and we hope he will contribute immensely in Bangladesh and in future tours,” he said.

Raza was recently left out of the group of players who were given central contracts by ZC after he went to play club cricket in England without a no-objection certificate (NOC).

The Pakistan-born player then applied for one – which was denied – and then terminated his contract to play in Canada’s Global T20 tournament without the blessings of the game’s leadership.

The issue has sparked an outcry among some fans who wanted to see the cricketer, who was the star of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier, back in the team, which forced ZC to reconsider their stance.

Zimbabwe will play three ODIs and three T20Is in South Africa starting on Sunday, followed by three ODIs and two Tests in Bangladesh.