Zimbabwe one-day international skipper Graeme Cremer on Saturday suggested the experience of their players in Bangladesh Premier League would help them perform well in the forthcoming tri-nation series.
Cremer shared the dressing-room with the likes of Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes and Mohammad Saifuddin when he played three matches for Comilla Victorians in the recent edition to take three wickets against Sylhet Sixers.
‘I learnt a lot about the Bangladesh players during the BPL. We know the Bangladesh players better. It will be really good for us,’ Cremer told reporters in his side’s press-conference in Mirpur.
Cremer hoped that the recent experience would also help them acclimatise with the condition quick after schedule problem denied them an opportunity to play a warm-up match in Bangladesh.
‘It is not ideal but we have all played in Dhaka enough, the conditions won’t be too different than what we have seen in the past,’ he said.
‘We will have a fielding session under lights tonight [Saturday]. It will be new for our younger guys but for our more experienced guys it shouldn’t be an issue. Those are the guys who will look to win us games,’ he added.
Zimbabwe lost their last eight matches against Bangladesh but Cremer hoped that experienced players would help them perform better as it worked for them in the series against Sri Lanka.
‘It is sometimes a tough place to tour in Bangladesh. They play so well in their home conditions,’ said Cremer. ‘We feel we have got a team of youth and experience. Guys have played here long enough. We will take confidence from the Sri Lanka series. I think we are better equipped this time around,’ he said.
Zimbabwe stunned Sri Lanka in their last ODI series by 3-2 in July and saw their team further strengthened by the return of Brendan Taylor and Kyle Jarvis, who did not play since 2015 and 2013 respectively after accepting Kolpak deals.
‘It is very exciting. Brendon Taylor left a big hole in the middle-order when he left. It is great to have him back,’ said Cremer.
‘We will let Jarvis lead the bowling attack but also it is the extra experience we have in the team which we didn’t have before,’ he said.
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