Zimbabwe national cricket team arrived Dhaka Saturday evening to play a full pledged series comprising one-Test, three ODIs and two T20Is against their Bangladesh counterpart.
Soon after their arrival at Hazrat Shah Jalal International Airport, veteran Zimbabwean batsman Brendan Taylor said they came here to play positive cricket against the Tigers.
“It’s good to be back in Bangladesh again. It’s like our 2nd home. We are well-prepared to play positive cricket in Bangladesh,” Taylor also said.
“They are a strong team at home, Shakib (Al Hasan) is not available to play which will help us do better, but at the same time, Tamim (Iqbal) returns tothe team, Mushfiqur (Rahim) is also set to play so the series will be tough,” Taylor told the media at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Saturday.
“We (India) have played a good series against Sri Lanka recently. Both Tests of that series lasted five days. We came here with many positives things. We have won a Test in Sylhet last year. We are confident to repeat the same performance again,” Taylor added.
Zimbabwe will play seven Tests this year. According to Taylor, this year will be very tough for the cricket of Zimbabwe. But, they are looking forward to coming up with better performances.
Before heading to the main series, Zimbabwe will play a two-day practice game at Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishthan (BKSP).
The series will begin with the one-off Test beginning on February 22 at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka. After that, both teams will travel to Sylhet to play the ODI series.
The ODIs will be held on March 1st, 3rd, and 6th. , while the other two will be played on March 3, and 6 at Sylhet International Stadium.
The first two matches of the ODI series will begin at 1pm while the last one will start at 2pm.
After that, the two-match T20Is series will be played at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on March 9 and 11. Both the matches will begin at 6:pm.
Zimbabwe Squad: Brendan Taylor, Chris Mpofu, Regis Chakabva, Timycen Maruma, Craig Ervine (c), Kevin Kasuza, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Sikandar Raza, Carl Mumba, Donald Tiripano, Prince Masvaure, Victor Nyauchi, Ainsley Ndlovu, Charlton Tshuma, Brian Mudzinganyama