Zimbabwe name strong squad for World Cup

Eddo Brandes Zimbabwe
Eddo Brandes

Zimbabwe have announced their squad for the 2020 Over-50s World Cup, with the most recognisable names being former internationals Eddo Brandes and Craig Evans.

Brandes and Evans were part of the great Zimbabwe side of the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Brandes took almost 100 international wickets in a 12-year career, with a best of 5/28 and a famous 4/21 against England at the 1992 World Cup. His ODI batting strike-rate of 90.17 was among the highest of his generation.

Evans, who has just turned 50, was known as one of the hardest hitters in world cricket. To show that he can still whack a ball, Evans scored 103* from 64 balls (16 fours and 4 sixes) for the Zimbabwe Over-50s in a recent warm-up match.

In another warm-up match, the side played the Zimbabwe Under-19 side and performed respectably, losing by five wickets.

The side will be captained by Darrell Goodwin, who played first-class cricket for the best part of a decade.

Another ex-international is Mark Burmester, who played 3 Tests and 8 ODIs as an all-rounder.

Zimbabwe squad: Darrell Goodwin (captain), Eddo Brandes (vice-captain), Tim Bartlett, Mark Burmester, Sean Edwards, Craig Evans, Brian Goodwin, Chris James, John Jameson, Greg McDonald, Rory McWade, Wayne Parham, Peter Sandys-Thomas, Garry Spence, Mike van Staden, Andrew Walton, Mark Warhurst, Kenyon Ziehl.

Team manager: Sanjay Patel

By Jim Morrison