Zimbabwe in Bangladesh 2010-11 November 28, 2010

Zimbabwe should be 'scared' - Fountain

ESPNcricinfo staff

Zimbabwe have openly conceded they are the 'underdogs' going into their one-day series against Bangladesh, and Julien Fountain, the Bangladeshi fielding coach, believes the visitors have every reason to be apprehensive as they prepare to face a side which has had the better of all the recent encounters between the two teams.

"I think they are probably right, they are the underdogs," said Fountain, who was appointed fielding coach in August this year and has previously filled that role for England, Pakistan and West Indies. "We are at home; it is our wicket, our conditions and our crowd. They should feel a little scared."

While for several years after their first meeting in 1997 Zimbabwe had the beating of Bangladesh, the Bangladeshis have proved utterly dominant dominant in recent times and have won 25 of the 47 matches between the two teams.

Zimbabwe have identified Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan as a key player in this series, with captain Elton Chigumbura calling him "the main guy", but Fountain suggested that the hosts did not regard any of the Zimbabwean players as particularly threatening. "To be honest, I haven't really done much research on them," he said. "I really don't think we are looking at them as though they are dangerous."

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  • Dummy4 on December 1, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    Julien Fountain is going to regret on what he has said about the Zimbabweans.

  • Mohammad on November 30, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA ................................................................

    I don't agree with you Mr. Fountain. I have watched their recent series with SA. They are a good side now !!!!! This would be a good series ........Anyway Good Luck BAN !!!!!!!!!!

  • sanin on November 30, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    I don't get why BD team is much tensed about this series.Its their ground, their crowd, their atmosphere. They must win the series.

  • Dummy4 on November 30, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    I don't think this is a fair comment from the fielding coach who "haven't really done much research on them". Zimbabwe no doubt is a good side and they have some very good players. should be a very good series.

  • Levi on November 30, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    cant even begin to describe the anger that burnt inside me after reading this!!! julien fountain...what can i say. if i this isnt somthing to further fuel the spreading wildfire that is ZIMs cricket evolution i dont no what is.

  • Mir Zayed on November 30, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    Good luck, Bangladesh! We are waiting for a whitewash.

  • Lourens on November 29, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    May this last paragraph come back to haunt Mr. Fountain. Go Zim. From your Southern Neighbour.

  • Dummy4 on November 29, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    just like the spirit! this is tiger & Bengals are all over it!

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