The absence of some key players from the Chevrons provisional squad to prepare for the triangular series also featuring Pakistan and Australia has sparked debate about the significance of ensuring Zimbabwe field a full strength squad.

As days continue to tick towards a crucial triangular series featuring Zimbabwe, Pakistan and Australia beginning on 1 July, off the field drama continues to hog the limelight with the absence of Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams and Sikander Razza from the team to compete in the triangular series raising some eyebrows. 

A day after the announcement of a 22 man provisional squad to prepare for the looming tri-series, former Zimbabwe cricket team player Dirk Viljoen said it is vital for Zimbabwe to have a competitive squad that can meet the expectations of local fans amid concern the absence of Taylor may have been stimulated by protests launched over salaries and match fees.

Raza was excluded after opting to play T20 cricket in Canada.

Another former Zimbabwean cricketer David Mutendera said the tri-series is vital for the Chervons who need to atone for failing to qualify for the World Cup.

Australia and Pakistan are scheduled to arrive in the country on the 28th of this month ahead of the tri-series which roars into life on 1 July.

Spectators are however hoping for top performances despite fears off field drama may have a negative impact on the Chevrons performance.