Ervine, Lamb return to Zimbabwe fray

Zimbabwe’s set up for the tour to Bangladesh has been boosted by the news that Craig Ervine and Greg Lamb have reversed their decisions to stay away from the side, following an improvement in payment conditions.

Ervine declined to sign a central contract last year as he deemed it insufficient, but has since then watched the other players secure central deals. Lamb, meanwhile, sought a better job prospect by going into the family business.

With the Bangladesh tour a rare traveling opportunity for the team, and the World Cup looming next year, the pair’s return will be good news, though they are not guaranteed places for either event.

Zimbabwe coach Stephen Mangongo told Cricinfo: “They have recommitted themselves to Zimbabwe. They are currently in the training squad.”

Ervine, who hasn’t played first class cricket since March last year, said in News Day: “I am glad to be back, I have been away for a long time and it was tough with lots of traveling.

“I want to play for my nation again. It gives me an opportunity to play all three formats of the game and international cricket is more competitive.

“I had left because at that time I couldn’t make a living playing locally and I think things are better off now.”