Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cricket World Cup 2015 Zimbabwe team preview and fixtures

In Cricket World Cup 2015, Zimbabwe has been placed in group A with big bun likes India, South Africa, Pakistan and West Indies. Reaching Super eight is a big achievable thing for Zimbabwe
Squad
Elton Chigumbura (captain), Regis Chakabva (wicket keeper), Tendai Chatara, Chibhabha, Craig Ervine, Tafadzwa Kamungozi, Hamilton Masakadza, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Mire, Tawanda Mupariwa, Tinashe Panyangara, Sikandar Raza, Brendan Taylor (wicket keeper), Prosper Utseya, Williams
Coach
Andy Waller
Strengths
Experienced players like Elton Chigumbura, Masakadza, Brendan Taylor and Sean Williams with some consistency from them, then this team could suprise opponents. In the bowling attack, medium-pacers Tendai Chatara and Panyangara have the capability of bowling tight overs.
Weaknesses
Being in 10th position in ICC ranking, it is inexperience of playing against top teams and it is a big worry for Zimbabwe. They have played 16 ODIs in the last year, nine against Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Handling pressure against top teams is a big task for them.
Team past record and experience in cricket world cup
Zimbabwe has reached the Super-Six stage in the 1999 and 2003 World Cups. In 2011 world cup Zimbabwe were pooled along with Pakistan, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Kenya, they registered 2 wins against Kenya and Canada, four defeats against other failed them to reach super eight stage
Fixtures
February 15: v South Africa, at Hamilton
February 19: v UAE, at Nelson
February 24: v West Indies, at Canberra
March 1: v Pakistan at Brisbane
March 7: v Ireland, at Hobart
March 14: v India, at Auckland

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