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18 October, 2018 08:35:15 AM

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Masakadza hopes series with Tigers would be competitive

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Masakadza hopes series with Tigers would be competitive
Zimbabwe cricketers plays football yesterday during a practice session at BCB Academy ground in Mirpur ahead of ODI series against Bangladesh. BCB PHOTO

Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza believed that Bangladesh wouldn’t loss its strength even without their two key players—Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal, who were ruled out from the series due to their respective injury.

He said Bangladesh still are blessed with some quality players and the home condition would give them a huge edge.

“Both Shakib and Tamim are big players but I don’t think Bangladesh will loss their strength significantly because of their absence,” he said yesterday before his team’s first practice session in Bangladesh. “They have some good players and they are playing at their backyard.

They have some good reserve players also.” On paper, Bangladesh will start the series as favourite but Masakadza said the series would be competitive given the fact they know this country’s condition well because of playing so many times here.

“Bangladesh are very strong at their own home, as I said earlier. They have already proved it and most of the countries from outside struggled here in the recent past. Comparing to other countries, we have played more matches here. In that sense, we are in good mental stead. I think the series would be competitive.”

Zimbabwe however came off a disappointing series in South Africa in which they lost all of the matches in ODI and T20 series. Masakadza said the result is disappointing for them but they gained some confidence and positive sign during that series which could be helpful for them. “We lost badly but in some matches we pushed South Africa hard. So we gained some positive things there, which I think would be helpful for us.”

Masakadza also was excited with their young leg-spinner Brendan Mavuta who played well against South Africa in the absence of experienced Graeme Cremer. The captain tipped the youngster doing well in Bangladeshi well.

“He is an exciting talent. As his first away series in South Africa, he was up to the mark. Now it is to see how he does in sub-continent condition.”

Meanwhile, Bangladesh named a 12-member BCB XI squad for the practice match against Zimbabwe at BKSP on Friday. Soumya Sarkar was named as the captain of the team.

Squad: Soumya Sarkar (Captain), Mizanur Rahman, Fazle Rabbi Mahmud, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Zakir Hossain, Ariful Hoque, Afif Hossain Dhrubo, Mohammed Saifuddin, Yeasin Mishu, Ebadot Hossain Chowdhury, Morshedul Akhter, Nyeem Hasan.

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