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Zimbabwe cricket team leaves for World Cup

The Zimbabwe national cricket team is expected to leave the country on Wednesday for Jamaica to take part in the 2007 Cricket World Cup being hosted by the West Indies.
Zimbabwe Cricket communications manager Lovemore Banda said the team was scheduled to leave Harare on Wednesday morning. No changes had been made in either the team or the coaching department. The 15-member squad had their final preparation match in the country on Friday against Zimbabwe A at Harare Sports Club which the former won.
Captained by Prosper Utseya, the Zimbabweans will go into the World Cup wearing the underdogs tag, but are a perfect side for shocking former winners West Indies and Pakistan in their group. Ireland are the other team in Group D to be based in Jamaica. They are in the same group with giants Pakistan, minnows Ireland and the hosts.
On March 5, the Zimbabweans will meet defending champions Australia at St Vincent for their first warm-up match, which will be followed by another match against Bermuda three days later at the same venue. The first match against Ireland is on March 15 before facing the hosts at a sold-out Sabina Park on March 19. Kevin Curran's boys finish the group negotiations against Pakistan two days later. The top two teams progress to the Super 8 stage whose matches begin on March 27.

Masakadza left out of Zimbabwe World Cup squad

Zimbabwe omitted experienced batsman Hamilton Masakadza from their World Cup squad on Wednesday. Eighteen-year-old Friday Kasteni, who made his debut in the recent home series against Bangladesh after Masakadza was dropped for the last match, won a place instead.
Masakadza, who has 39 one-day caps, did his chances of selection little good by averaging just 14 against Bangladesh. The selectors felt he had not done enough to warrant selection, Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) media manager Lovemore Banda told Reuters. The squad for the tournament starting in the West Indies next month did not include former captain Tatenda Taibu, who quit Zimbabwe cricket in November 2005 after a contractual dispute. Banda denied reports that ZC had made recent attempts to lure Taibu, who now plays in Namibia, back to the fold. Our door is open to former players, but the board is not doing that (luring Taibu), Banda said. Fast bowler Tawanda Mupariwa made the squad despite missing the Bangladesh series while he recuperated from a lingering knee injury. Medium pacer Blessing Mahwires hopes were dashed when he contracted pneumonia. Zimbabwe World Cup Squad : Prosper Utseya (Captain), Gary Brent, Justice Chibhabha, Elton Chigumbura, Keith Dabengwa, Terry Duffin, Anthony Ireland, Friday Kasteni, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Christopher Mpofu, Tawanda Mupariwa, Edward Rainsford, Vusi Sibanda, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams.

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All World Cup Cricket matches in West Indies start at 09:30 local time (14:30GMT). The first match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 will be played on March 13, 2007 at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, between the host West Indies and Pakistan.

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