Kyle Jarvis is confident that Zimbabwe can stop the rut here in Bangladesh as many of the Zimbabwean players have plenty of experience playing here
Zimbabwe pacer Kyle Jarvis has informed that they are focusing on winning the ODI series, banking on their experiences, against host Bangladesh.
Zimbabwe suffered a 3-0 ODI series and 2-0 T20I series loss against South Africa this month. But Jarvis is confident that Zimbabwe can stop the rut here in Bangladesh as many of the Zimbabwean players have plenty of experience playing here.
“It was a very tough tour of South Africa but we have come here with a positive target; we've come here to win games. We've got four or five guys who've played the BPL, we know the conditions. We play here every year. We've definitely got a good chance. It helps that there will be no Shakib [al Hasan], no Tamim [Iqbal], who are big players for Bangladesh, so we're very positive going forward,” said Jarvis to the media after the practice session at the Mirpur academy ground Thursday.
“Bangladesh are a very good team and they beat most teams in the world here. We know how difficult it is going to be but we've come here to win and that is what we are going to try and do. You never go to a tour expecting to lose. So we are here to be positive and to win games of cricket,” he added.
Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza is down with illness and a few players went to the hospital for check-ups but Jarvis informed that they are hopeful all of them will be fit for the first ODI Sunday.
“I'm not sure exactly what's going on. I think the guys are a little sick. I am hoping they will be ready for either [Saturday] or Sunday,” Jarvis informed.
All-rounder Sikandar Raza has returned to the squad after resolving contract issues with the board and Jarvis admitted Raza will be key against Bangladesh in the upcoming series.
“He's obviously a big player for us. He's been very good in the last 18 months, so it's a big boost having him back. His off-spin and his batting in the middle order will be very valuable,” he concluded.