Tri-nation series

‘Zimbabwe take inspiration from series win in Sri Lanka’

Pranta Deb Emon
Published Date: 13 Jan 2018 | Update : 13 Jan 2018

Zimbabwe’s coach Heath Streak thinks his team are the underdogs in their upcoming tri-series again Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. According to him, his team took confidence from their ODI series win in Sri Lanka against the hosts last year.

Streak said, "I think we still have a long way to go. We are the underdogs in this series. But I still feel that we have got the quality of players we need to take Zimbabwe cricket forward. We showed against Sri Lanka last year that we can compete against other countries outside our home territory. It was very pleasing but we have a long way to go as a team,"

"[The Sri Lanka ODI series win] will give us the belief and the confidence to compete. We haven't played a lot of one-day cricket of late. We have played more Tests while SL have played 13 ODIs since we last played them. We haven't played any. We have prepared well and hopefully we can get into the series as quickly as possible and then get some good results early on. I feel we have the players with the skills, and give them Sri Lanka and Bangladesh a good challenge. I know our team is capable of winning," he added.

Streak coached the Bangladesh team between 2014 and 2016 while Chandika Hathursingha was in charge of the Tigers. These two former coaches of the hosting nation will now take on the team by being part of two different sides.

"These days a lot of coaches are part of a team and become opposition. I had a good relation with Chandika [Hathurusingha] and Khaled [Mahmud] Sujon, the technical director. I think it will be a good challenge for all of us.

"We know the conditions and players, so does Chandika [Hathurusingha]. I think a lot of these Sri Lankan and Zimbabwean guys play in the BPL. There aren't many secrets out there anymore. It is about coming up with good plans and technical advice for the teams and making sure you execute those skills well.”

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