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Quetta Gladiators sign Elton Chigumbura

by Sports Reporter
22 Dec 2015 at 07:58hrs | Views
CHEVRONS cricket captain Elton Chigumbura became the first Zimbabwean to be signed when Quetta Gladiators picked on him for US$50 000 during the ongoing Pakistan Premier League 2016 players draft.

Chigumbura is one of the six Zimbabwean players who are in the running for a place in any one of the six PSL teams as he was picked in round nine of the auction.

None of the Zimbabwean players are in either Platinum or Diamond category as Brendan Taylor, Chamunorwa Chibhabha, Hamilton Masakadza, Kyle Jarvis, Sean Ervine and Chigumbura are all rated in the Gold category

At Quetta Gladiators, Chigumbura will be in the same team with eight other players in the form of Kevin Pietersen, Sarfraz Ahmed, Ahmed Shehzad, Anwar Ali, Jason Holder, Luke Wright, Zulfiqar Babar, Umar Gul.

The auction resumes today and there is a slim chance that more Zimbabweans will be picked for next year's competition.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Cricket Board president, Nazmul Hassanthe has said that Bangladesh's two-Test series against Zimbabwe, scheduled originally for January 2016, have been shelved to keep the team's focus on T20s.

Hassan did not mention when the series will be held, but said the period after the World T20 was in discussion.

"It is necessary for us to prepare for the Asia Cup T20 and the World T20 which are two important tournaments," he said.

"Many of our T20 players aren't in the T20 squad so if we play Test cricket at that time, they won't be able to prepare."

The BCB, however, is yet to announce any international or domestic T20 tournament between the end of the BPL and the start of the Asia Cup, which they will host.

The two-Test series was part of Zimbabwe's full tour to Bangladesh, but after Australia postponed their Test series in October, the BCB forwarded the limited-overs matches from the Zimbabwe series to November. Bangladesh won the ODI series 3-0, and the two teams shared the two-match T20I series 1-1.

Back in August, the BCB had already cut one Test from this series to prepare for the World T20.

In October, the two Tests scheduled for January were forwarded to November, but a week later, the BCB changed the format of the series to include just ODIs and T20Is.

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