Ervine named in Zimbabwe’s WC squad


Allrounder Sean Ervine was back in Zimbabwe colors for the first time in seven years when he was named in its 15-man squad on Wednesday for next month’s cricket World Cup.

The 28-year-old Ervine this week quit English County Championship side Hampshire to resume his international career with Zimbabwe.

Ervine played five tests and 42 one-day internationals from 2001 until 2004, when he was involved in a players’ dispute with national cricket administrators and left the country.

The squad includes six who were at the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean: Captain Elton Chigumbura, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams, Prosper Utseya, Chris Mpofu and Ed Rainsford.

Zimbabwe opens against defending champion Australia on Feb. 21 at Ahmedabad, and was in Group A beside New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Canada and Kenya.

Zimbabwe: Elton Chigumbura (captain), Regis Chakabva, Charles Coventry, Graeme Cremer, Craig Ervine, Sean Ervine, Greg Lamb, Shingi Masakadza, Chris Mpofu, Ray Price, Ed Rainsford, Tatenda Taibu, Brendan Taylor, Prosper Utseya, Sean Williams.