Tough T20 draw for Zim

Zimbabwe faces a major test of character in its quest to make an impression in next year’s International Cricket Council Twenty20 Cup after they were drawn a tough group alongside pre-tournament favourites Sri Lanka and South Africa.

“Sri Lanka, which lost to England in the semi-final of last year’s tournament in the West Indies, will open its campaign against Zimbabwe under lights in Hambantota on the first day of the tournament,” ICC said in a statement.

It would be expecting too much from Alan Butcher’s boys to progress to the second round of the tournament owing to the team’s disappointing form against its Group C rivals.

The team has an unenviable record against the two teams in both test and One Day International matches. Group A will consist of England, India and a team that is yet to qualify. Another yet-to-be-known team will join Australia and West Indies in Group B.

Bangladesh, New Zealand and Pakistan will round off proceedings in Group D.

The ICC World Twenty20 is now a marquee event in Twenty20 cricket where nations challenge each other for the most coveted title in the shortest format of the game. The previous editions in South Africa, England and the West Indies have established the ICC World Twenty20 as a major global event that is not only exciting and entertaining but embraces both men’s and women’s cricket.

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