Since the beginning of the year, the teams are busy with the schedule of international cricket. Among these, the franchise-based T20 leagues held around the world are not less busy. Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), South Africa’s SAT20, United Arab Emirates’ International T20 League are running simultaneously. Because of this, Sikandar Raja will not play in the West Indies series at home.
Currently, Raja is staying in the Emirates to play the International Twenty20 League. Meanwhile, the two-match Test series will start from February 4 in Bulao. Although the second match starts on February 12, Zimbabwe are not getting Raja in these two matches. However, the Zimbabwe Cricket Board is looking at the matter positively. In order to play in foreign leagues, Raja has also been granted a no-objection by his country’s board. So there is no dispute about this.
Before this, Raja also played in BPL. The Zimbabwean all-rounder later took a flight to the Emirates, despite playing in a few matches for Rangpur Riders. Of course, there are reasons for the 36-year-old king’s rise in popularity. He also played rhythmic cricket in the last Twenty20 World Cup. Since then, the cricket lovers of the country and abroad have been seeing a peaceful king. He is playing making age just a number.
However, Raja has been given leave by the Zimbabwe Cricket Board, judging by his form and performance. He is getting success in the national team in white ball cricket. He has maintained that form in various T20 leagues as well. And since the series against the Caribbean, the board has allowed Raja to play white ball cricket. Although many feel that his absence will affect the team.
Meanwhile, not only Raja, Zimbabwe is not getting some other important cricketers in the West Indies series. Test captain Shaun Williams and Blessing Mujarabani are worried about the game. Of course, the reason for not playing these two could be due to injury. It is not yet confirmed whether vice-captain and wicketkeeper batsman Regis Chakava will be able to play. As a result, Zimbabwe is in big trouble before this series. However, the Zimbabwe Cricket Board is hoping to overcome all odds and play well in the 22 yard field.