Bangladesh Good, But Zimbabwe The Favourites, Says Masakadza

Written by Vishwas Gupta

After a demoralising tour of South Africa, Zimbabwe are now fully focussed on their latest assignment against Bangladesh, says Hamilton Masakadza. Bangladesh are hosting Zimbabwe for a three-match one-day international series followed by two Tests.

“We didn’t have a great time in South Africa and in the match yesterday. We are focused on tomorrow and on what we can achieve on this tour. We can only go up from here. The guys are really looking forward to it. They are really upbeat,” Masakadza, who scored 102 in the warm-up game, said ahead of the first ODI.

Masakadza pointed out that his side have enough experience of playing against Bangladesh in their home conditions, which would be an added advantage for them. “Zimbabwe has played here and against Bangladesh often,” he said. “We are a little bit more familiar with them and the conditions.

“We stand a very good chance as a team, especially when compared to playing against other international teams. I think it will be a very competitive series.”

“I have actually played against (Mehidy Hasan, the main spinner in the Bangladeshi squad) quite a few times. We have also watched a lot of him. We definitely know what to expect from him. The main thing is to stay positive and back ourselves. We also have to deal with the challenge of spin. We can go forward from there.”

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