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Butcher says his charges will not struggle


Zimbabwe national team coach Allan Butcher dismissed suggestions by local journalists that his charges would struggle because of the difficult atmospheric conditions in the subcontinent country.

The Zimbabwe team arrived here on Friday and has had some time to adapt not only to the challenging weather conditions but also to the local cuisine which takes some time to get used to.

However the weather conditions have always proved difficult for visiting teams in Bangladesh as they are forced to adjust to the humid conditions compounded by heavy dew.

Asked if his players were not going to struggle as New Zealand did last month resulting in a 4-0 series whitewash, Butcher refused to give the hosts a soci-psychological advantage before the games.

“So far it is pretty comfortable for the guys. When we left Zimbabwe it was warm like it is here so heat should not be a problem.

“Some of our key players have played in this country before under the same conditions, including skipper Elton (Chigumbura), Prosper (Utseya), Hamilton Masakadza and Ray Price and I’m confident they will use their experience. However dew and humidity may be a factor but we are going to deal with any eventuality.”

Although the conditions have not been ideal for preparation the team’s early arrival in Dhaka has given the players enough time to acclimatise and Butcher believes this will help them get into the five-match series with a positive attitude.

Crucially for Butcher, his players will definitely benefit from a warm-up match against the Bangladesh Cricket Board XI today at Krira Shikkha Protisthan Ground in Savar before the first ODI on December 1.

Although the side to feature in this match from the 15 men squad was not immediately available it will certainly hint on the side that will feature in the first ODI.

“We will approach every game with the intention to win and if we do that well enough indeed we will win the series. When we went to South Africa recently we did not really feel we could win the series but it is a lot different here in Bangladesh.”

“Should we win the series after Bangladesh demolished New Zealand, people will have to sit up and take notice and respect Zimbabwe cricket and feel that it is on an upward path again,” said Butcher.

Butcher’s sentiments were echoed by Chigumbura the national team skipper who said:

“It’s a good experience to come and play here to prepare ourselves for the world cup. I am expecting my guys to be positive and if we do that, we will have a higher chance of achieving the results we want.”

“All we have to do is play good cricket and concentrate on our own team and not focus too much on what Bangladesh is doing.”

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