Zimbabwe’s stand-in skipper Craig Ervine on Sunday claimed that his team was hoping to continue their recent good form in Tests and win the lone Test against Bangladesh, starting on Saturday in Dhaka.
‘We have come here to win,’ Ervine told the reporters after their first practice session in Mirpur since arriving in Dhaka on Saturday.
‘We had a good series against Sri Lanka. It gave us good momentum after a long break previously. We are familiar with these conditions, as we have travelled here quite often. We are looking to hit the ground running,’ he added.
Zimbabwe kicked off the year with a two-Test series against Sri Lanka at home, where they performed beyond expectations and managed to draw the second match of the series.
Despite losing the series 0-1, Zimbabwe were high on confidence after their spirited show against the Lankan side and were hoping to carry that confidence into the Dhaka Test and make their opportunity count against the off-colour hosts.
‘Our mission is to win. We haven’t played too many Tests, and also don’t have too many for the rest of the year. Every Test is vitally important as any other game,’ Ervine said.
The Tigers are currently going through a rut in Test cricket, tasting defeat in their last six Tests, with five of those defeats coming at an innings margin.
In a desperate attempt to change their luck in Tests, selectors have made four changes from the squad that toured Pakistan earlier this month.
Zimbabwe were also missing key players against, like regular skipper Sean Williams, who skipped the lone Test for his wife’s child birth, and pacers Kyle Jarvis and Tendai Chatara, both of whom were out of the series for injuries.
Ervine, however, didn’t want to dwell too much on Bangladesh’s recent string of poor results or them missing a few notable names, as he hoped that the new players will prove their worth and his team will be switched on from the first ball of the Test match.
‘Putting their results aside, we just have to concentrate on our processes and make sure we are not caught on the backfoot on the first day of the Test match. We have a few new guys in the team. We are trying to get them as comfortable as possible.
‘I am missing Williams, Jarvis and Chatara. They are big players for us. But it opens doors for other guys. There are opportunities for them to step up,’ Ervine said.
Zimbabwe will begin their campaign with a two-day practice match against a BCB XI, on February 18-19 at BKSP in Savar.
After playing the lone Test, Zimbabwe will play three one-day internationals against the hosts on March 1, 3 and 6 respectively in Sylhet and will conclude the tour with two Twenty20 internationals on March 9 and 11 in Dhaka.
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