Zimbabwe looking to give Tigers tough times

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The Zimbabweans will play a full-fledged series against the Tigers comprising a solitary Test, three ODIs and two T20Is

Following their arrival in Dhaka Saturday evening, Zimbabwe wicketkeeper-batsman Brendan Taylor said they will put up a tough challenge for host Bangladesh in the upcoming series later this month.

The Zimbabweans will play a full-fledged series against the Tigers comprising a solitary Test, three ODIs and two T20Is.

Experienced campaign Taylor also expressed hope of holding onto the momentum that they had gained against Sri Lanka.

Although the African nation lost the two-match Test series 1-0, they registered solid performances, running the Lankans close on both the occasions.

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“We are well prepared. It’s good to be back in Bangladesh, a place we call our second home. So it’s always nice to be back. We know the conditions [here in Bangladesh], we got two good Test matches that went five days against Sri Lanka. We took lots of positive from that so hopefully we can carry that on,” said Taylor to the media at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport Saturday.

Ever since the World Cup 2019 in England and Wales, the Tigers have not had the best of times, losing matches at both home and away across all formats.

Taylor believes the home side will eye a change in fortunes against Zimbabwe, who will not be distracted by the absence of their regular captain Sean Williams.

Williams was allowed leave from the game due to the birth of his child and the charge was handed to Craig Ervine.

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“I think Bangladesh will look to bounce back after that Pakistan series. We do not have Williams. He is a batting all-rounder and he has scored some good runs against Sri Lanka. Yes, we will miss him, but fortunately we are having him back for one-days and T20Is. But this is another opportunity for the youngsters [to prove themselves in the Test],” he said.

Following a couple of days of training at National Cricket Academy Ground in Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, the Zimbabweans will play a two-day practice match at BKSP Ground 3 in Savar.

The lone Test will be played in Mirpur, starting Saturday.

This will be followed by the three ODIs at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on March 1, 3 and 6 respectively.

Both the teams will then travel back to the capital for the two T20Is, slated for March 9 and 11 accordingly.