Hamilton Masakadza and Brendan Taylor
Hamilton Masakadza (L) and Brendan Taylor (AFP Photo)

Zimbabwe will be without their captain Hamilton Masakadza and veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Brendan Taylor during a four-match ODI series against UAE at home that gets underway from April 10.

The duo has been ruled out due to injuries. While Masakadza hurt his left thumb during a domestic match in February this year, Taylor suffered a muscle tear while representing Lahore Qalandars during the Pakistan Super League 2019.

They were included in an initial 27-man squad but have failed to recover in time for the series. Zimbabwe Cricket has named Peter Moor as the captain of a 16-man squad for the four ODIs.

“The calf injury is coming on well,” Taylor told ESPNcricinfo. “It was a grade-two tear, but it’s been about seven weeks so I might have another one or two to go.”

He added, “I haven’t put much strain on it. These things, I’m told, you don’t want to rush them because if it does happen again then it’s 10 to 12 weeks. The goal was to be ready for Afghanistan, but that didn’t happen and now there’s not a lot of pressure to be ready for this series. I’m probably going to be more focused on the Ireland and Netherlands series leading up to the qualifiers.”

All four matches will be played at the Harare Sports Club.