BY MAGRETH RUZVIDZO
ZIMBABWE women national cricket team coach Adam Chifo is confident that his team can learn from their series whitewash by Bangladesh in Bulawayo last week.
The Lady Chevrons were using the series to prepare for the International Cricket Council World Cup qualifiers that will be played in Harare starting on Sunday.
Zimbabwe suffered heavy defeats in all of the three matches, which gave them an idea of the level of competition they will face in the 10-nation qualifiers, where only three teams will make it to the global showcase.
Chifo said his team benefited a lot from the three matches, where the tourists dominated with both bat and ball in all the matches.
The Lady Chevrons lost the first match by eight wickets, second by nine wickets and the last by seven wickets.
“We are happy to have had a series with an experienced team like Bangladesh, even though the results were not what we expected,” Chifo said.
“We now know what we need to pay more attention to when we play in the tournament, but obviously, we need to be more clinical in all departments. We won’t be a pushover and every team will be doing its best in order to get a qualification.”
Chifo commended the performance of some players like Sharne Mayers, who managed to make meaningful contributions, especially on Monday when she made 39 runs from 61 balls.
“Sharne Mayers has proved to be a big boost to the batting line up, while Francisca Chipare has done well with the bowl, but obviously we need team performance going forward in the qualifiers,” he said.
Before the Bangladesh series Mayers had last appeared in the Lady Chevrons team in 2019 and her return to the team has been a major boost.
The ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2021 will run in four separate venues in the capital — Takashinga Cricket Club, Harare Sports Club, Sunrise Cricket Club and Old Hararians.
Zimbabwe are in Pool B together with Pakistan, Bangladesh, the United States and Thailand.
Chifo expressed confidence that his team would progress from the group stage.
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