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All-rounder Chamu Chibhabha drafted into the team for ICC World T20 2016 © AFP

Zimbabwe team going into the ICC World Twenty20 (T20) 2016 in India suffered a huge blow as leg spinner Graeme Cremer and fast bowlers Luke Jongwe and Neville Madzive were ruled out of the whole tournament citing injuries. All three players sustained injuries during their practice matches in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as per Zimbabwe Cricket. The three players have been replaced by  all rounder Chamu Chibhabha, fast bowler Tawanda Mupariwa and Donald Tiripano. Tiripano was already on the list of stand-by’s, when the team to India was announced, whereas Chibhabha and Tiripano were with the Zimbabwean team to UAE. ALSO READ: Steven Finn to not play ICC World T20 2016

Cremer suffered a fracture on his left forearm while batting in the first practice game against West Indies in Sharjah,while Madziva injured his right thumb who was trying to grasp a return catch in the same match as reported by ESPNcricinfo. Jongwe, injured himself in the second match, in a bid to take a return catch was hit by the ball on his right eye, he has been rest for three to four weeks by a neurosurgeon.

Mapariwa last featured in a T20I for Zimbabwe was in October 2008, while he was in their tour to Pakistan last year only played in the ODIs. While Tiripano and Chibhabha played in the series against Afghanistan earlier this month. Chibhabha also went to Bangladesh but did not feature in the four-match T20I series.

Zimbabwe are in Group B of the qualifying round for the World T20 with Afghanistan, Scotland and Hong Kong. Zimbabwe will play their first match against Hong Kong on March 8, Nagpur.

Zimbabwe had announced their squad for the upcoming World T20, scheduled to be played in India from March 8. Having taken over as captain after the resignation of Elton Chigumbura, it will be Hamilton Masakadza, who will lead the Zimbabwe team into the tournament.

Zimbabwe squad for ICC World T20 2016(with new inclusions): Hamilton Masakadza (c), Sean Williams, Tendai Chatara, Wellington Masakadza, Tinashe Panyangara,  Peter Moor, Elton Chigumbura, Sikandar Butt, Richmond Mutumbami (wk), Chamu Chibhabha, Tawanda Mupariwa, Donald Tiripano, Tendai Chisoro,  Malcolm Waller, Vusumuzi Sibanda.