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Zimbabwe Cricket Team Has Mountain To Climb in Test Series

  • Michael Kariati

The Zimbabwe cricket team will have to produce something out of the ordinary when they enter Harare Sports Club for the first of their three One Day Internationals against Pakistan Tuesday.

Losing has become a habit for the Zimbabwean team such that even faithful supporters have lost the hope of ever seeing their team win.

Attendances at Harare Sports Club have gone down as fans see no hope in the team that was once one of the best in the world, but is now being battered every time.

Already the Zimbabweans have lost the opening Twenty 20 Series and not many are giving them a chance against the world’s second ranked Twenty 20 side in the three One Day Internationals.

Cricket analyst Aleck Muhoni, who attended the Twenty 20 Series and saw Zimbabwe lose both matches, said Zimbabwe’s current form does not give confidence in the team ahead of the three ODIs.

In the Twenty 20 Series, Zimbabwe failed to put together decent innings on both sides whether in the first 10 over or the second.

What is even disheartening is that Zimbabwe’s best score so far in the Pakistan visit, has been captain Brendan Taylor’s 32 runs in the second Twenty 20 compared to Pakistan whose batsmen have been hitting scores of around 70.

The other senior players Vusi Sibanda, Hamilton Masakadza and Elton Chigumbura are struggling and need to come to the party if Zimbabwe are to salvage anything from the Series.

Cricket fan Danmore Chinouya thinks this is impossible, adding his main worry is another whitewash.

Despite this lack of confidence in his team, coach Andy Waller, still thinks Zimbabwe will be competitive in the long running Pakistan tour.

After the One Day Internationals, the two teams will engage each other in two Tests which begin at the Harare Sports Club September 3 before moving to Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on September 10.
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