Zimbabwe brace for World Cup

cricket_prosper_utseyaHARARE - Zimbabwe Cricket captain, Prosper Utseya, (Pictured) hopes his side will rise to the occasion and prove competitive at the third edition of the International Cricket Council Twenty20 World Cup, set to roar into life in West Indies this week.

We need consistency and maturity as a team. We have to work as a unit and support the next man so that we can get positive results, said Utseya.

The spin department has done well for us in the past and it is a strength that we will rely on. When called to duty we are confident that the likes of Elton Chigumbura and Chris Mpofu will deliver.

Zimbabwe is scheduled to meet New Zealand and Sri Lanka in a tough Group B of the global cricket showcase.

Zimbabwes new coach, Alan Butcher, is optimistic his team will prove to be a strong side with great potential of conquering the international scene in years to come.

We are working hard to make sure that there are enough good options and combinations to force people to get out there and bring the best out of themselves, said Butcher.

Most of the players have been playing a lot of franchise cricket which is a positive step. The aim is to bring improvements and progress from the last games. We are trying hard to bring victories and are not going with the mind set to lose. We will take every opportunity to come back with a win.

Zimbabwe will face Pakistan in a warm up match today before they launch their World Cup campaign in their first match against Sri Lanka on May 3. Their last group match against New Zealand will be played the following day.

Butcher is not worried about facing such international giants as he chose to believe there could not be any better group insisting every team stands a good chance in an unpredictable limited overs match.

We could have been in a worse group. We have to try and match the standards of at least one of these two teams, if we do that we can make it. The nature of Twenty20 cricket however is that teams can be upset by a single heroic achievement. One catch, fifty or one good over can turn things around for any team; we have to take every half chance and catch we can get thats all there is to it, Butcher said.

The team understands their role; I can assure that we are aiming for progress. We also need to make sure were working on player support, players have to develop the instinct to play for each other even if they are not on the actual field of play.

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