allan butcher.jpgZimbabwe cricket team head coach, Allan Butcher, has expressed disappointment with the absence of batsman Vusimuzi Sibanda from the team set to tour New Zealand.

Many are still to come to terms with the shocking exclusion of Sibanda from the national team that will tour New Zealand towards the end of this month.

Butcher however says matches in the series during the tour of New Zealand have to be played in the absence of the top order batsman.

Sibanda was excluded from a 16-man squad that was released on Thursday, in a development that was attributed to his decision to decline a contract offer from Mid-West Rhinos at the beginning of the year after chosing to pursue Grade A cricket in Australia.

According to Zimbabwe cricket regulations, a player has to be contracted to a domestic team to be eligible for national team selection.

Despite ZC’s argument some critics are questioning the relevance of such a law, with others pondering as to why Sibanda was included in the initial provisional squad if declining a contract offer from Mid-West Rhinos made him ineligible.

Meanwhile, some critics are challenging Alistair Campbell’s chairmanship of the Cricket Committee which made the final decision to axe Sibanda.

They allege that despite resigning as chairman of selectors, Campbell continues to wield great influence on selection issues.