A new-look Zimbabwean contingent under Graeme Cremer’s leadership reached Bangladesh on Friday to take part in the long-awaited tri-nation series, which is scheduled to start from tomorrow.
Due to the delayed arrival, their practice match against BCB XI was cancelled, the visitors had their scheduled preparation at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Saturday. While talking with journalists in official media conference, Zimbabwe skipper Graeme Cremer vowed to put their recent heartache against South Africa behind them and promising to make an impactful tri-nation series.“Each cricketing nation has capability to play good cricket. All three teams have quality spinners. I think the result will favour the team that will give their best. Any team can win in 50-over format in their day. This is going to be an exciting tri-nation series,” Cremer said.
After having a landmark four-day Test defeat against South Africa, A strong Zimbabwean side including the returnees Brendan Taylor and Kyle Jarvis, will face the hosts Bangladesh in the opener.
Bangladesh is familiar for Zimbabwe and they visited Bangladesh more often than others since 2000 after the Bangladesh’s Test status. Most of the Zimbabwe’s national side cricketers played in Bangladesh’s league cricket in recent past years. Even their several key players like Sikandar Raza, Malcom Waller even captain Cremar himself played in the recent concluded Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
Their most experienced batsman Hamilton Masakadza is also a familiar name in Bangladesh league cricket. But Zimbabwe has no sweet memories in Bangladesh in recent past years. They last visited Bangladesh in 2016 and squared the four-match T20 series by 2-2.
Zimbabwe skipper is also confident to outshine Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in tri-nation series.
“I learned many things during BPL stint. I will help us a lot. Waller and Sikandar also played in BPL last year which can also bring some positive for us,” Cremer said.“No doubt Bangladesh are very strong in their home turf. We have a mixed team including youths and seniors. Some of our cricketers played in Bangladesh since long. The home side is favorite but we recently came backed from Sri Lanka with some confidence,” He concluded.