Ervine to go for glory

Sports Correspondent

17 February, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Zimbabwe skipper Craig Ervine voiced the ‘mission’ of Zimbabwean side will be to win the lone Test match which is all set to start from February 22.

Zimbabwe cricket team have arrived on Saturday, for a full-fledged series against the Tigers, constituting a Test, three ODIs and two T20s.

Before starting the series with the longer version match, the Zimbabwean top-order batsman, who has been handed over the captaincy in absence of Sean Williams, said, the objective will only be to win the match in a condition which is very familiar to them due to their regular visit to Bangladesh.

“We come here to win,” Ervine told reporters at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Sunday

“Obviously to play and win. That’s the main mission. We haven’t played too many Test matches and we haven’t got too many Test matches rest of the year,” he told.

“So obviously every Test match is as vitally important as any other game,” Ervine said.

“The conditions here are familiar because we travel to here quite often. So, we are looking to hit the ground running,” he added.

Spin bowling which is expected to be the main weapon for Bangladesh might turn out to be old but are still effective tactics against Zimbabwe. Ervine said that they are familiar with this strategy and said that they will have to work on this in their training to overcome the challenge.

“I think we all are familiar with this condition. Spinners play a big part here. It’s something we have to take care in our preparations,” told Ervin.

Before coming to Bangladesh, Zimbabweans had a two match Test series where they were defeated by Sri Lanka by 1-0 margin that too at their home. In that series, Zimbabwe gave opportunity to some of their youngsters.

But despite the series loss, Zimbabwean put on a good show at home, where the 34-year-old skipper also scored an 85-run knock in the first match.

Missing some of their regular members of the squad like Sean Williams and fast bowlers Kyle Jarvis and Tendai Chatara, the absence of the senior members will be an opportunity for the young players as Ervine expressed his satisfaction over the performance of the youngsters in their recently concluded series against Sri Lanka.

“Missing Williams, Jarvis, Chatara. They are big players for us. But that opens opportunity for other guys to step in,” Ervin said.

“We got a few new guys in the team. (We are) Trying to get them as comfortable as possible. We need to give our all into the training, get the practices going and get the processes going. We need to make sure that we’re not on our back-foot when the Test match comes. Prince (Masvaure), Kevin Kasuza opened in the Test matches in Sri Lanka. They played a vital role in the top,” he said.