No Raza, no worries: Zimbabwe head coach Dave Houghton

image-lcoht04cRaza was phenomenal for Zimbabwe in 2022 [Source: Twitter]

Ahead of the white-ball series against Ireland, Zimbabwe cricket has been dealt a big blow with the absence of some of the key players. However, coach Dave Houghton remains calm and wants his side to continue playing the aggressive brand of cricket.

Zimbabwe are set to ignite their rivalry with Ireland in the T20I game at the Harare Sports Club but without four of the main players who featured in the T20 World Cup recently.

All-rounder Sikander Raza has been given the clearance to play in Bangladesh Premier League, while ace pacer, Blessing Muzarabani is still injured.

Moreover, Zimbabwe will be without the services of veteran keeper Regis Chakabva, who has relocated in Australia. 

Houghton speaks on upcoming series

"It's a good squad. Obviously we have parted ways with three or four guys from the T20 World Cup squad. Regis has left the country as we all know; Blessing is still injured and Milton, we are giving him a little bit of a rest.

Raza is away; we have released him to play in the Bangladesh Premier League so we have got opportunities for a few other guys. And I think one of the things that we did last year which was very good is that we used a lot of players."

"We had Craig Ervine missing for a period of time, Blessing was also injured for a brief period and we called people in and what this has done is increased our squad. So four people missing, but new one's come in."

The three-match T20I series commences from Thursday.

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