Zim lads quietly plan upset for Proteas

2010-10-10 16:10

Zimbabwe made a low-key entrance into South Africa this week ahead of their limited-overs series against the Proteas and there is quiet confidence in the squad that they are capable of causing an upset or two.

The tour continues today with the second Twenty20, in Kimberley, and the teams will then battle it out in three one-day internationals (ODIs).

The tour is of equal importance for both teams as they continue their build-up to the 2011 World Cup but while South Africa will head to that tournament as one of the favourites, Zimbabwe, who are currently busy ­rebuilding their team after years of ­infighting, are something of an ­unknown entity.

Zimbabwe coach Alan Butcher feels that the tour of South Africa will give him and his players a good idea of ­exactly where they stand on the world stage.

“I think the potential in the squad is very high. When I took over I ­expected it to take a longer time for the team to make such good progress,” Butcher told City Press.

“This tour will be a good yardstick as to how far we have come and how far we still need to go,” he added.

Butcher said that his team was more concerned with concentrating on their own performances than worrying too much about their opposition.

“We have spent a lot of time working out specific roles for players and the team and we will be looking for players to execute those roles during the tour,” he explained.

“We haven’t spent too much time concentrating on the opposition as we need to concentrate on our own game and we need players to make the right decisions at the right time. Having said that, we must not lose sight of the fact that we would also like to cause a few upsets along the way,” he said.

Cricket in Zimbabwe has undergone massive restructuring in the recent past with a flood of former players, including the likes of Allan Donald and former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie, committing themselves to coaching roles in the country.

Butcher believes that the input of the former players will benefit ­Zimbabwe cricket ­tremendously.

“The likes of Donald and Gillespie ­being involved can ­only help to improve the standard of domestic cricket. In the future we will see better ­prepared players coming into the ­international squad.”

Zimbabwe’s hopes of causing an upset or two in South Africa will be hampered by the absence of left-arm spinner Ray Price who is on compassionate leave as his father is gravely ill.

Price is currently ranked eighth in the International Cricket Council’s ODI bowler ratings but Butcher ­believes that Price’s unavailability presents a chance for other players to show what they are capable of.

“Ray is obviously still part of our long-term planning but this is a good opportunity for a few of our other players to front up and show that they can step up when needed,” he ­concluded. – MWP Media

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