Sikandar Raza will not be a part of Zimbabwe’s squad for the T20 tri-series in Bangladesh as he has been removed on disciplinary grounds. The media release by Zimbabwe Cricket clarifies that Raza has been omitted because of pending disciplinary issues raised by the team’s captain Hamilton Masakadza.
“It is important that we support our captain, whether it is Masakadza or anyone else, by creating an environment in which we can be confident he will have the full support of all players, with everyone pulling in the same direction and able to trust each other. It is for those reasons that we have decided to leave Raza out,” Zimbabwe convener of selectors, Walter Chawaguta, said.
Masakadza, aged 36, is due to retire following the conclusion of the tournament. Zimbabwe are currently facing a suspension from the International Cricket Council (ICC) owing to overt political interference and will thus be barred from participating in the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers.