HARARE: Factfile on Zimbabwe ahead of the 2015 World Cup to be played in Australia and New Zealand from February 14 to March 29.
Squad: Elton Chigumbura (capt), Regis Chakabva, Tendai Chatara, Chamu Chibhabha, Craig Ervine, Tafadzwa Kamungozi, Hamilton Masakadza, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Solomon Mire, Tawanda Mupariwa, Tinashe Panyangara, Sikandar
Raza, Brendan Taylor, Prosper Utseya, Sean Williams
Coach: Dav Whatmore
Fixtures – Pool B
Feb 15: South Africa, Hamilton
Feb 19: United Arab Emirates, Nelson
Feb 24: West Indies, Canberra
March 1: Pakistan, Brisbane
March 7: Ireland, Hobart
March 14: India, Auckland
World Cup record:
1983: Group stage
1987: Group stage
1992: Group stage
1996: Group stage
1999: Super Six stage
2003: Super Six stage
2007: Group stage
2011: Group stage
Hamilton Masakadza was 11 days short of his 18th birthday when he made a century on Test debut for Zimbabwe.
His one-day debut followed soon afterwards. Now, at age 31, he is about to play in a World Cup for the first time.
Studies, form and injuries have kept him out of three global showpieces.
For some time it seemed Masakadza might never fulfil his early promise but in recent years he has been one of Zimbabwe’s most reliable batsmen.
As an opener, he will play a key role for a team that is prone to batting collapses.
His career one-day international average of 28.29 is not especially impressive but in the calendar year of 2014 he averaged 35.46 and had a respectable strike rate of just over 77.
His tally included half centuries against both Australia and South Africa.