Cricket fans in for a treat


ZIMBABWE national cricket team faces Bangladesh, an equally formidable team, in a series of Test matches lined up. Pakistan and New Zealand are set to also visit the country for Test matches. Zimbabwe will also play host to one of the best teams, Australia A and South Africa A next month, in a rare treat for cricket lovers. However, Zimbabwe needs to tie some loose ends in the team, especially on improving its batting, before it faces one of the best teams. Former Zimbabwe top order batsman Grant Flower, who is the batting coach, needs to do his homework before the young men take on Bangladesh. Bangladesh has good spinners who are likely to give the Zimbabwean batsmen a torrid time in the crease. An impressive performance by the Elton Chigumbura-led side will be a morale booster for the youthful side that is maturing like wine with every tour. Bowlers, however, need more attention as the country plays the cricket powerhouses. Several cricket fans said they were looking forward to a brilliant performance from the team. They were optimistic that they would beat the visiting Asian side insisting that the big names in the side were no match for Zimbabwe. Despite Zimbabwe’s break from Test cricket, the game has a bearing on the rating of the team and its confi dence. The country last played Test cricket about fi ve years ago and a win will appease not only their mentor, Alan Butcher, but the nation as a whole. However, the country has been a force to reckon with in the cricket circles in the days of the batting coach along other talented players like Allister Campbell, Stuart Carlslie, Neil Johnson, Craig Wishart, Henry Olonga, Mpumelelo Mbangwa and Brendan Taylor. Some of the youngsters are set make it to the cricket Hall of Fame.


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