One day series begins

BULAWAYO - All is set for the cricket international one-day triangular that begins in the city on Friday.

The series features Sri Lanka, India and the hosts Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe takes on India in the opening match at Queens Sports club without

Sachin Tendulkar before taking on Sri Lanka on Sunday at the same venue. Sri Lanka will be without Kumar Sangakkara. After two games in Bulawayo the series will then move to Harare. Recently appointed national team coach, Alan Butcher believes the un-availability of big players in the visiting sides could prove beneficial for Zimbabwe.

He said the series presented an opportunity for the country to redeem itself following its poor showing during the just ended Twenty20 world cup held in Jamaica. “This is an opportunity for us to improve to the cricketing world that we have come of age and are ready to play with the big boys of the world,” Butcher said. At the conclusion of the One Day series, Zimbabwe will take on India in two back to back T20 matches on 12 and 13 June at the Harare Sports Club.

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