Zimbabwe in Bangladesh 2010-11 November 27, 2010

Masakadza targets series win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Hamilton Masakadza, Zimbabwe's opening batsman, believes his team have a better chance of success in Bangladesh than New Zealand, who were trounced 4-0 in a one-day series in October. Masakadza also suggested that the focus of the tour, which includes five one-day internationals, would be preparation for the World Cup in the subcontinent early next year.

"I think the main thing is to prepare for the World Cup as the guys will be returning to the subcontinent to play [in that tournament,] and obviously we will try for a series win," Masakadza told reporters at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka upon Zimbabwe's arrival on Friday.

"Definitely Bangladesh are difficult opposition at home but still we are looking for a very competitive series. I think it'll be a bit different series than the one against the Kiwis as we have had the experience to play in Bangladesh quite often. And I think we are better prepared than the Kiwis."

Zimbabwe visited Bangladesh twice last year, in January and November, and also hosted the Bangladeshis in a home series in August. Bangladesh won all three series by significant margins, although not without creditable performances from Zimbabwe in certain games. "We have been here a few times and we know what the conditions are and how the wickets behave," explained Masakadza. "We are also aware about the dew factor and that's why we are looking forward to the series."

Both teams will rely upon an army of slow bowlers in spin-friendly conditions. Zimbabwe have included Ray Price, Prosper Utseya and Graeme Cremer in their touring party, and could also turn to Keith Dabengwa and Brendan Taylor's finger spin if necessary. Bangladesh have the spin of Shakib al Hasan, Abdur Razzak, Suhrawadi Shuvo and Mahmudullah in their ranks. "I don't think there is too much difference between the teams in terms of strength because both teams depends on their spin bowlers and both teams have a few guys who can strike the ball hard up in the order.

"The conditions are definitely different but it's just a matter of adjusting and we have a few days in hand to practice before we start the series proper. We are hopeful that the boys will take the opportunity to get adjusted to the conditions."

Zimbabwe's tour opens with a limited-overs warm-up match against a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI at the Krira Shikkha Protisthan Ground in Savar on November 29 before the first ODI at the Shere Bangla Stadium in Mirpur on December 1.

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  • Sam on December 1, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    Zim is now one up -The last match showed that its anybody's game. Zim's pacers played well. Good move to drop Masakadza. He needs some time to recollect. He cud later on be tried on No 5 wen he comes back. No doubt he is talented.

  • Dummy4 on November 30, 2010, 19:01 GMT

    @ Malcom: Get ready bro.....The Tigers are coming and they are gonna rip off Zim !!

  • Dummy4 on November 30, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    Good luck ZIM... i like the fighting spirit in guys like Taibu, Chigumbura and Ray Price... we will maul the Asians!

  • mahjut on November 29, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    Masakadza is hardly overconfident - he uses 'hopeful...' In any case, i agree with Kazi Alam: hope ZIM put up a fight here. The BD bowlers are slightly better but i think against spin their batters are a fair bit better (at least, the past indicates this) and a green top will not work in their favour

  • Dummy4 on November 29, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    Bangladesh are playing well , obviously the series win over NZ puts them on the front foot here , but I wouldn't be too optimistic as Zimbabwe has shown of late that they are fast losing the tag of developing side , in South Africa the boys played well and it will be interesting to see how they approach the Banga matches.

    Taylor , Masakadza , Butterworth and the spinners will be out to dent the Tigers and mark my words , they will.

  • Dummy4 on November 28, 2010, 22:14 GMT

    Zimbabwe will be crushed. @malcolm - your cockiness would bring you nothing but tears.

  • Dummy4 on November 28, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    i am looking forward to see ZIM putting a good fight against BD, good luck both teams.

  • Dummy4 on November 28, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    Team BD is now full of confidence, as they've successfully overcame in the last series against the Kiwis. It is now a question in every Bengali's mind whether they can hold on to their wining habits. Team ZIM, on the other hand, put up a good fight against S. Africans although they couldn't win a single match. Moment being, ZIM is reliable on their team performance and confident in wining the series, as well as BD. Even with the success BD previously had, advise is to not take ZIM easy. At last, it is possibly fair to tell, we will get to see an even fight, as the series takes place.

    Good Luck BD team :D

  • kas on November 28, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    @ Malcom Chigumbura, 5-0 BANGLA-WASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dummy4 on November 28, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    u bangladeshis r in 4 a surprise..did any of u have a look at the kind of scores zim was posting against sa,,, good luck to u guys bt dont hold ur breath on winning the series

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