The aftermath of the tsunami December 29, 2004

Zimbabwe's arrival delayed by two days

Cricinfo staff

Tatenda Taibu: much rests on his shoulders in the clash of the minnows © Getty Images

The Zimbabwe team's arrival in Bangladesh has been delayed by two days by the after-effects of the tsunami that devastated large areas of south Asia. Zimbabwe were due to reach Dhaka on Tuesday afternoon, but were stuck in India as international flight schedules were disrupted by the natural disaster, The Daily Star reported.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board said that the Zimbabweans, who were training in a conditioning camp in the southern Indian city of Vishakhapatnam, could not fly out yesterday but were expected in Dhaka tomorrow. Zimbabwe are scheduled to play two Tests and five one-dayers during their month-long stay. They will open the tour with a three-day match against a Bangladesh Board XI in Chittagong.

The young and inexperienced Zimbabwean squad, led by Tatenda Taibu, have not won a game since beating Bangladesh in a one-day series nearly nine months ago. But Bangladesh go into the series as favourites after steadily improving performances in the series against India, when they even stunningly pulled off their first ODI victory on home soil.

Dav Whatmore, the Bangladesh coach, had already said that the team were eagerly awaiting the start of Zimbabwe's tour. After the last ODI against India, Whatmore said, "The series can't come quick enough. We want to play tomorrow."