Ervine emphasized on the fact that Zimbabwe is one team that tours Bangladesh the most compared to other cricket playing nations
Zimbabwe captain for lone Test against Bangladesh, Craig Ervine, is counting of experience in Bangladesh condition to give them edge in the game set to start on February 22 at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
The tourists had their first training session at BCB Academy in Mirpur on Sunday morning having set foot in Dhaka the previous evening. Ervine emphasized on the fact that Zimbabwe is one team that tours Bangladesh the most compared to other cricket playing nations.
Moreover, the leading Zimbabwe cricketers are regular participants in Bangladesh Premier League T20 and also in Dhaka Premier League.
Ervine made the claim to media quarries on their homework to sustain against Bangladesh spin attack.
“It’s [struggle against spinner] one of the things coming to Bangladesh. I think a lot of countries that tour here struggle with the conditions. Having said that, we are probably one of the teams that come here more often than any other team. We are familiar with the conditions. Spinners will play a big part and that’s something we will have to take care of in our preparation leading to the Test match,” said Ervine at the sidelines of their training session on Sunday.
Zimbabwe has reached Bangladesh well motivated. The side displayed brilliant effort to avoid a series whitewash by drawing the second Test against Sri Lanka at home and while Bangladesh have been going through a bad patch in longer version of the game being beaten heavily in their last few matches.
Ervine however, informed that they will focus on their strength rather and motivate from the fact that the Test against Bangladesh is one of the few matches in the format Zimbabwe will play this year. The African nation will be eager to make the most from this game.
“Putting their results a side I think we just have to concentrate of what we need to do. We have got a few new guys in the team. We are trying to get them as comfortable as possible. Like I said we have to look forward to our training, get our processed going and make sure that we are not caught on the back foot on the first day of the Test match,” said Ervine.
“We have not played many Test matches and there is not much to play in the rest of the year. So every Test match for us is vitally important as any other game,” said Ervine, who standing as captain in place of Sean Williams.
Following another training session on Monday, Zimbabwe will play a two-day warm-up game at BKSP 3 against a BCB XI starting Tuesday.