Harare, Jan 12 (AP) Allrounder Sean Ervine was back inZimbabwe colours for the first time in seven years when he wasnamed in its 15-man squad today for next month''s cricket WorldCup.
The 28-year-old Ervine this week quit English CountyChampionship side Hampshire to resume his international careerwith Zimbabwe.
Ervine played five tests and 42 one-day internationalsfrom 2001 until 2004, when he was involved in a players''dispute with national cricket administrators and left thecountry."It has been a long negotiation process between bothparties, but it came to a head after the completion of therecent Bangladesh tour (which Zimbabwe lost 3-1)," headselector Alistair Campbell said today.
"We look forward to big performances from him, not justat the World Cup, but in the season ahead."
Zimbabwe picked four specialist spinners in Ray Price,Prosper Utseya, Graeme Cremer and Greg Lamb, and will bebanking on them during the World Cup in the spin-friendlyconditions on the subcontinent.
"We''ve got world-class slow bowlers in the side, if weput enough runs on the board we will be competitive," Campbellsaid.
Leading batsman Hamilton Masakadza, who did not even makethe provisional squad of 30, missed out, while his youngerbrother, opening bowler Shingi Masakadza, and wicketkeeperbatsman Regis Chakabva made the squad.
The squad includes six who were at the 2007 World Cup inthe Caribbean: Captain Elton Chigumbura, Brendan Taylor, SeanWilliams, Prosper Utseya, Chris Mpofu and Ed Rainsford.
Zimbabwe opens against defending champion Australia onFeb 21 at Ahmedabad, and was in Group A beside New Zealand,Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Canada and Kenya.
Squad: Elton Chigumbura (c), Regis Chakabva, CharlesCoventry, Graeme Cremer, Craig Ervine, Sean Ervine, Greg Lamb,Shingi Masakadza, Chris Mpofu, Ray Price, Ed Rainsford,Tatenda Taibu, Brendan Taylor, Prosper Utseya, Sean Williams.