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Zimbabwe not far behind in T20Is, says Masakadza

  • Published at 08:50 pm September 12th, 2019
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Zimbabwe's Hamilton Masakadza bats in the Mirpur nets Thursday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Zimbabwe lag behind at a lowly 14th while Afghanistan and Bangladesh are seventh and 10th respectively, ahead of the tri-nation T20I series, starting Friday involving the three teams

Zimbabwe T20I captain Hamilton Masakadza said they are more than capable of holding their ground in T20Is against Bangladesh and Afghanistan, despite the gap in ranking.

Zimbabwe lag behind at a lowly 14th while Afghanistan and Bangladesh are seventh and 10th respectively, ahead of the tri-nation T20I series, starting Friday involving the three teams.  

Bangladesh and Zimbabwe will get things rolling Friday in the first match at 6:30pm.

“Obviously, both the teams you have mentioned are very strong. Afghanistan have been playing very good T20I cricket and Bangladesh being at home. Though I know the both sides are very strong, we have a lot of successes in T20I cricket here. I think we have played really well in T20Is here in Bangladesh. So I don’t think we are far behind than them at all,” Masakadza told the media at the pre-game press conference at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Thursday.

The Zimbabweans kicked off their tour of Bangladesh with a win, against the Bangladesh Cricket Board XI in a warm up match in Fatullah’s Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium Wednesday.

Masakadza said they would take confidence forward from the victory against BCB XI, containing several Bangladesh national team cricketers.

“Obviously it’s good to have a practice match and do well, get your processes right, get your things right. But we are also well aware of the fact that what we got [Wednesday], definitely we won’t get in the games. So it’s about as much as take confidence from the game and we know that the challenge we will face is going to be different,” said the 36-year old, who will call it a day from all forms of cricket after the tri-series.

Zimbabwe have not had the best of times off the field recently as they got banned by the ICC over political interference.

Despite the ban, Zimbabwe’s match status has not been affected and the suspension will firmly be in the backburner when they take the field, said Masakadza. 

“Obviously lot of things happen. That’s all behind the scenes. End of the day as cricketers our job is to get off the field and play the best cricket on the field. That’s our prejudged on, that’s happening on the board. First and main thing is to concentrate on cricket and then put our best foot forward going out and do your job for your country,” he concluded.