Former England batter Gary Ballance is about to make his Zimbabwe debut later this month after he was named on Wednesday within the squad for this month’s three-match Twenty20 collection in opposition to Eire.
The 33-year-old left-handed batter final month signed a two-year contract to play home and worldwide cricket within the nation of his delivery following his launch from county cricket facet Yorkshire. He is likely one of the 4 modifications made to the 15-man facet that represented Zimbabwe on the T20 World Cup in Australia in September for the three matches in opposition to Eire on the Harare Sports activities Membership between Jan. 12-15.
Ballance comes into the facet after Zimbabwe’s key all-rounder Sikandar Raza was given permission by Zimbabwe Cricket to play franchise cricket in Bangladesh this month.
Ballance performed 23 Exams for England between 2014 and 2017, scoring 1,498 runs, together with 4 centuries, at a median of 37.45. He additionally appeared in 16 one-day internationals however has been allowed to modify his worldwide allegiance.
The Harare-born participant has spent the final 12 months on the sidelines whereas coping with psychological well being points after he admitted to utilizing racist language in opposition to former Yorkshire staff mate Azeem Rafiq.
Yorkshire, who launched Ballance two years early from his contract as per the participant’s needs, has made sweeping modifications following Rafiq’s explosive allegations of institutional racism on the membership.
Ballance has apologised to Rafiq in individual.