HARARE – Immediately ex-Zimbabwe cricket-captain Graeme Cremer went Thursday through a successful knee operation in Harare.
The 31-year-old leg spinner will miss the planned trips to South Africa and Bangladesh in September, but is optimistic about joining the team for the Bangladesh test and the limited overs series for October.
He limped off Harare's West End Clinic with his left knee tied in bandage on Thursday, but still wore a smile.
"Coming from knee surgery … will miss the SA tour, but hopefully I will be fit for Bangladesh," Cremer told the Daily News yesterday.
"Just a little painful, but not bad, the surgeon was happy with the operation, so that's good, I think I can train light in six weeks."
Cremer's last involvement with the national team was on 22 March when Zimbabwe lost to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) during the Super 6 match of the ICC World Cup qualifier at Harare Sports Club. The UAE won the match with three runs courtesy of Duckworth Lewis's method and sentenced Zimbabwe out of the fight for a final at the next year's World Cup in England.
The debacle costs him his captaincy; The elector Tatenda Taibu got an ax while also claiming the scalp of the entire technical staff of the seniors led by Heath Streak, batting coach Lance Klusener and fielding coach Walter Chawaguta. Analyst Stanley Chioza, fitness trainer Sean Bell and Anesu Mupotaringa, the physiotherapist, also lost their jobs.
Cremer then missed the Twenty20 triangle series against Australia and Pakistan, as well as the One Day International series against the later in Bulawayo over both non-payment of salaries and match costs by Zimbabwe Cricket and a nagging knee injury.