Former England batsman Gary Balance is set to make his debut for Zimbabwe later this month after being named to the three-game squad against Ireland in this month’s Twenty20 series on Wednesday. After being released by county cricket side Yorkshire last month, he signed a two-year contract to play domestic and international cricket in his country of birth.
He represented Zimbabwe at the T20 World Cup in Australia in September and was added to the 15-man squad for three games against Ireland at Harare Sports Club from 12-15 January 4. one of two changes. Balance has joined the team after Zimbabwe’s leading all-rounder Sikandar Raza was given permission by Zimbabwe Cricket to play franchise cricket in Bangladesh this month.
Balance made 23 Tests for England between 2014 and 2017, averaging 37.45 and scoring 1,498 runs, including four centuries. The Harare-born player has admitted to using racist language against former Yorkshire teammate Azeem Rafiq Later, I spent the last year on the sidelines while dealing with mental health issues.
Yorkshire, who had released Balance two years early from their contract at the player’s request, have made drastic changes following outbursts of institutional racism at Rafiq’s club.Balance direct to Rafiq I apologized.
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