The inexperienced but zealous and talented Zimbabwean side, left Harare for the Asian country, last Friday. Zimbabwe is currently playing a four-day match, with the Patron’s XI, a Pakistan select side, which started on Monday, in Karachi.
Despite critics arguing that the inexperienced, but talented Zimbabwean side need to be facing heavyweights such as Australia and South Africa more often, to gain international experience, national team coach, Robin Brown, believes with a couple more years playing the four-dayers, the boys will be ready for the big teams.
A warm-up game with a select side is a good thing before we play the full-side; the four day games we won in South Africa also helped us prepare for Pakistan, Brown told The Zimbabwean, before departing Harare, last week. Playing more four-dayers will help the young players.
Zimbabwe clinched a 3-0, whitewash victory against South Africa’s Composite XI in the four-day matches of South Africa’s competitive domestic league, a fortnight ago.
Brown, former Harare Sports Club coach, who took over from Kevin Curran last August, has so far enjoyed surprise victories with his young charges -the big one being against the heavyweights, Australia, in the International Cricket Council World Twenty20, played in South Africa in September.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe is expected back in the country on February 8. The team will continue with their scheduled matches of South Africa’s high-profile domestic league, which will be played on a home and away basis.
Zimbabwe toured Pakistan despite fears over the security situation. Devastating violence sparked following the death of opposition politician, Benazir Bhutto, in a suicide assassination, last December.
Australian all-rounder, Andrew Symonds has expressed concern about his side’s proposed tour to Pakistan, in March, saying he is not interested in going in a situation that’s dangerous, where people are getting killed and hurt.
The ICC women’s World Cup qualifiers, which were set for Pakistan this month, were moved to South Africa, due to security reasons.
The showcase will explode into life on February 18 in the Western Cape. Squad: Hamilton Masakadza, Vusumuzi Sibanda, Elton Chigumbura, Chamu Chibhabha, Prosper Utseya (captain), Tatenda Taibu, Timycen Maruma, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Keith Dabengwa, Brendan Taylor, Sean
Williams, Raymond Price, Gary Brent, Christopher Mpofu, Tawanda Mupariwa Coach: Robin Brown Team Manager: Givemore Makoni.