Zimbabwe Under-19 cricket team coach Chris Harris admits his side faces a tough challenge to progress to the latter stages of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Under-19 World Cup in Australia next month.
The ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup will be played in Brisbane and Queensland from August 12 to 26.
Harris’ boys will have to win at least two of their Group C matches against Papua New Guinea, West Indies and India to have the chance of progressing to the quarterfinals. The former Black Caps all-rounder said while his side was confident of beating Papua New Guinea, he foresaw tough matches against India and West Indies.
“Like any team that will be taking part in the tournament, our main aim is to progress as far as we can from the group stages. We are also mindful of the fact that we are in a tough group.
While we are confident of beating Papua New Guinea, India and the West Indies will be tough to beat, but we will have to go into both matches with a positive attitude,” said Harris in an interview with NewsDay Sport yesterday.
The team departs for Australia on August 3 where they will play two warm-up matches against Namibia and England on August 7 and 8 respectively.
Zimbabwe open their campaign against Papua New Guinea on August 11 at Endeavour Park in Townsville, Brisbane.
Zimbabwe Under-19 squad: Matthew Bentley (capt), Kevin Kasuza (vice-capt), Kyle Bowie, Ryan Burl, Herbert Chikomba, Atish Chouhan, Kieran Geyle, Luke Jongwe, Malcolm Lake, Campbell Light, Wellington Masakadza, Luke Masasire, Nyasha Mayavo, Cuthbert Musoko, Andre Odendaal, Peacemore Zimwa.
Reserves: Shaun Handirisi, Odicious Mhanje, Liberty Nherera.