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Ervine to take over leadership duties from Williams for Bangladesh Test
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Ervine to take over leadership duties from Williams for Bangladesh Test

Zimbabwe captain Sean Williams will miss the forthcoming one-off Test against Bangladesh in order to spend time with his family for the birth of his child.

Zimbabwe have appointed Craig Ervine as the side's skipper in Williams' absence with the leadership assignment set to be his first in international cricket.

Ervine has represented Zimbabwe in 17 Tests, most recently featuring in the series against Sri Lanka where he amassed a half-century in the first game before flopping in subsequent outings.

The 15-member squad announced for the Bangladesh Test includes veteran pacer Chris Mpofu, who last turned out for his country in a long-form game in 2017.

Mpofu's recall has been prompted by injuries to Kyle Jarvis and Tendai Chatara, diminishing Zimbabwe's fast bowling resources.

Opening batsman Kevin Kasuza has managed to recover from his concussion injury that kept him out of the second innings of the second Sri Lanka Test. Kasuza had copped a similar blow to the head in the first Test as well, requiring a concussion substitute on that occasion too.

Zimbabwe's red-ball encounter against Bangladesh will be followed by five white-ball fixtures comprising of three ODIs and two T20Is.

Williams is expected to be available to resume his leadership duties for the limited-overs matches.

Zimbabwe squad

Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva (wk), Craig Ervine (c), Kevin Kasuza, Timycen Maruma, Prince Masvaure, Christopher Mpofu, Brian Mudzinganyama, Carl Mumba, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Ainsley Ndlovu, Victor Nyauchi, Brendan Taylor, Donald Tiripano, Charlton Tshuma