ZIMBABWE national cricket team batsman Charles Coventry has been excluded from the squad which will play the Twenty20 triangular series with South Africa and Bangladesh in Harare next week. Despite being part of the squad in camp for the last two months, Coventry has been axed from a version of the game many view is best suited to his abilities.
His World Cup dreams are now shattered considering this may just be the last international assignment before the onset of the cricket showcase.
Coventry is one of the cleanest hitters of the ball who carried a lot of promise earlier in his international career.
He has, however, failed to blossom and secure a place as a regular member of the national side.
Meanwhile, wicketkeeper Tatenda Taibu has also been ruled out of next week's Twenty20 triangular series casting doubt on his fitness for the World Cup.
Taibu has been dogged by a troublesome index-finger injury which saw him miss a lot of action last term. Four months on the right-hander is still struggling with the same injury.
Chris Mpofu, Kyle Jarvis, Shingi Masakadza and Prosper Utseya are set to make their return to the team in the series after being rested from the warm-up match to be played today.
The triangular series is meant to prepare the three teams for the World Cup, to be hosted in Sri Lanka this September.
The tri-series may be the only international and competitive action the national team is left with ahead of the global showcase. They will be keen to fare well in the series after ending last season on a rather low note.
Head of Zimbabwe's selection panel, Givemore Makoni, said Taibu is set to miss the whole series as he battles to recover from injury.
"He is likely to miss the whole series together with Raymond Price. He will be assessed to ascertain whether he can play a part in the later stages, but at this stage it is highly unlikely," said Makoni.
Makoni, however, remains hopeful the player will regain full fitness by the time the World Cup commences.
Zimbabwe is in the same group as South Africa and Sri Lanka and the series will be the perfect precursor to the duel in September.