THE much-anticipated international career of Nick Welch will finally begin after the 25-year-old batsman was included in Zimbabwe’s squad for the end-of-month tour of Namibia.
Welch spent three seasons with English county side Leicestershire before leaving at the end of last season.
Harare-born Welch played for Zimbabwe at Under-17 level, but appeared to have targeted a senior career with England before deciding to represent his country of birth.
Zimbabwe and Namibia will clash in five T20Is in Windhoek on 24, 25, 27, 29 and 30 October, with the tourists aiming to avenge their 3-2 series defeat in Bulawayo in 2022.
Apart from Welch, wicketkeeper Nyasha Mayavo is the only other player in Zimbabwe’s 16-man squad who has not played in any of the three formats of international cricket.
SQUAD Craig Ervine (captain), Faraz Akram, Ryan Burl, Tendai Chatara, Luke Jongwe, Innocent Kaia, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Clive Madande, Wessly Madhevere, Wellington Masakadza, Nyasha Mayavo, Carl Mumba, Richard Ngarava, Sikandar Raza, Nick Welch, Sean Williams.–SPORTSCAST