Zimbabwean leg-spinner Graeme Cremer will miss the limited overs series against South Africa following knee surgery.
The 31-year-old, who took 119 ODI wickets in 96 matches and 35 wickets in 29 T20Is, has struggled with problems in his right knee for a while and recently went for surgery.
The former Zimbabwe skipper’s last action came in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 at home, in the Super Sixes match against the United Arab Emirates, which Zimbabwe lost by three runs (DLS method).
Anesu Mupotaringa, Zimbabwe’s team physiotherapist, explained Cremer’s situation: ‘Following months of knee discomfort and pain, with conservative interventions failing to bring relief from the symptoms, Cremer finally went for knee surgery on the 23 August.
‘The surgery went well and Cremer is now recovering well at home. We are looking at minimum six-eight weeks before he can return to action, which definitely rules him out of the South Africa and Bangladesh tours.’
Zimbabwe vs South Africa:
First ODI – 30 September, Diamond Oval, Kimberley.
Second ODI – 3 October, Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein
Third ODI – 6 October, Boland Park, Paarl
First T20I – 9 October, Buffalo Park, East London
Second T20I – 12 October, Senwes Park, Potchefstroom
Third T20I – 14 October, Willowmoore Park, Benoni