Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl Return As Zimbabwe Announce Full Strength Squad For Netherlands ODIs

The Zimbabwe team will be boosted by the arrival of Sikandar Raza and Ryan Burl for the ODI series against the Netherlands. Raza and Burl will return team to the team after their T20 franchise commitments.  Zimbabwe has named a full-strength squad with the likes of Williams, Chatara, and Muzarabani returning to the squad.

Zimbabwe team will be up against the Netherlands for three-match ODI series starting on March 21. The series would be good practice for both teams as they prepare for the 2023 world cup qualifiers. The qualifiers will be hosted by Zimbabwe in June-July this year.


“It’s great to have the whole team back and everyone fit, Our intention is of course to win the series – but it’s also an opportunity to try different combinations to achieve that goal with a view to the upcoming World Cup qualifier,” Zimbabwe Cricket head coach Dave Houghton stated.

Zimbabwe team had a good outing in the recently concluded ICC world T20 championship, Though they finished last in the group 12 stage. Zimbabwe claimed a last-ball win over the higher-ranked Pakistan, the most famous win in a long time. Sikandar Raza was the star for Zimbabwe in this encounter picking up three wickets for 25 runs.

Zimbabwe squad for the ODI series:

Craig Ervine (c), Gary Ballance, Ryan Burl, Tendai Chatara, Bradley Evans, Innocent Kaia, Clive Madande, Wesley Madhevere, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Wellington Masakadza, Brandon Mavuta, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams.

Sikandar Raza Will Look To Make For Punjab Kings In IPL 2023

Sikandar Raza rated highly as one of the best all-rounders in the world presently has been going purple patch in his career contributing with both bat and ball for any team. Raza was a steal in the auction for Punjab Kings as he was picked for a  base price of Rs. 50 Lakh was well below his actual worth, considering his skills and experience.

In the T20Is, In 2022  Sikandar Raza slammed 735 runs at a strike rate of over 150, he bowled exceptionally in this format that took 25 wickets at a good economy rate of 6.13. Raza worked with Sunil Narine closely during CPL to improve his bowling, which paid him off.

Sikandar Raza
Sikandar Raza Credits: Twitter

Punjab Kings will be desperate to start fresh and put up a better performance in IPL 2023 under the leadership of their new skipper Shikhar Dhawan. Punjab Kings has appointed 2019 world cup winning coach Trevor Bayliss’ as the head coach for IPL 2023 and had a very good mini-auction where they brought Sam Curran for a staggering Rs. 18.5 crores the costliest buy in IPL history.

 Punjab Kings (PBKS) will play their opening game of IPL 2023 against Kolkata Knight Riders. The match will be played on April 1 at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. In IPL 2023, Punjab will aim to grab its first-ever IPL title.

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