If Gary Ballance Wants to Come Back we Certainly Won’t Turn Him Away: Zimbabwe Coach


Zimbabwe coach Dave Houghton has mentioned he is able to welcome Gary Ballance, who has been suspended from choice within the England squad for his involvement within the Azeem Rafiq racism case, to his nation of delivery.

Houghton mentioned he “would not say no” if Ballance desires to play for his nation of delivery.

Harare-born Ballance represented Zimbabwe on the under-19 stage however moved to England to finish his education and went on to don the Three Lions’ jersey in 23 Checks and 16 One-Day Internationals between 2014 and 2017.

Final yr he was suspended from choice indefinitely by the England and Wales Cricket Board after being accused by former Yorkshire teammate Azeem Rafiq of racial abuse.


The requisite three years have handed since Ballance final wore England colors, so he may very well be eligible to pursue a global future with Zimbabwe. A protracted-standing household relationship with Houghton, whose spouse is the cousin of Ballance’s father, could make the transfer much more inviting, mentioned a media report.

Talking forward of his group’s second one-day worldwide towards Australia, Houghton mentioned: “I’ve recognized Gary since he was a child and I communicate to him moderately often.

“I do not assume Gary can be towards coming again to play for Zimbabwe however he is nonetheless received to kind out issues in England. I feel he is in all probability received one other eight to 9 good years in him, so if he desires to return again we actually will not flip him away,” Houghton was quoted as saying by the media.

Ballance has two years left on his present Yorkshire contract however has solely performed thrice for the second XI this time period, having earlier missed out with ongoing psychological well being considerations. He’s unlikely to be saved on as an abroad participant, the report mentioned.

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