RAWALPINDI: Zimbabwe cricket staff’s star all-rounder Elton Chigumbura on Wednesday mentioned that the visiting outfit is feeling fairly comfy in Pakistan and would put of their most to win matches on the tour.
He mentioned that final time his staff visited Pakistan in 2015 and now after 5 years they’re right here once more to play restricted over matches. “Obviously, it is good to be back in Pakistan,” he mentioned on Wednesday throughout a digital press convention.
“We are here to win. Of course, every match of the series is important for us as Zimbabwe is keen to qualify for the next World Cup,” he mentioned. “And though Pakistan is a strong team, our side also have some experienced players and I am confident this tour would be a good one for us.”
Zimbabwe’s 20-member squad is being led by Chamu Chibhabha and Chigumbura mentioned that his team-mates are pleased and feeling good about taking part in worldwide cricket right here in Pakistan.
Speaking about Zimbabwe’s final tour, the 34-year-old all-rounder mentioned that his staff was initially just a little bit scared on the tour then, however the way in which Pakistan hosted them at the moment was fantastic and reassuring and now everyone seems to be feeling very comfy in Pakistan this time spherical. “After having training sessions today, we are looking forward to matches,” he mentioned.
To a question relating to the absence of head coach Lalchand Rajput, he mentioned that nothing has modified. “Nothing has modified, nonetheless the identical system and similar values that we now have within the staff. So nothing has modified, besides that Covid-19 has restricted issues a bit for everybody.
“In fact he [coach Rajput] is there and having meetings over conference calls,” he mentioned and added that coach is a part of the technique and planning.
Zimbabwe’s coach, who’s an Indian nationwide, regardless of having a Pakistani visa, shouldn’t be a part of the visiting squad because the Indian authorities had requested him to not go to Pakistan. “In his place, bowling coach Douglas Hondo is supervising the issues.
Chigumbura mentioned that the staff’s assistant coach, who has been working below him [Rajput], is main the staff. “So nothing has changed really,” he mentioned.
The visiting staff is slated to play three ODIs (all in Rawalpindi) ranging from Oct 30 adopted by as many T20 Worldwide matches on the tour, that are to be staged in Lahore.
The dashing all-rounder additionally talked about his personal efficiency, stating that this tour is an effective alternative for him to repeat his earlier efficiency in Pakistan. He mentioned that resulting from accidents he remained away from cricket for nearly one yr however when he was about to begin taking part in once more, he acquired one other damage and so his absence from worldwide cricket was a protracted one.
“But I am fully fit now and looking forward to this series,” mentioned Chigumbura.
“Pakistani wickets are good for batting and I am hopeful about getting back to where I was,” he mentioned whereas recalling his very good efficiency throughout the 2015 tour when he additionally scored 100.
The Zimbabwean staff held a coaching session on the Military Cricket Floor, the place Chigumbura mentioned they discovered nearly comparable situations they’ve had of their nation.
It’s related to notice right here that after taking part in Zimbabwe, Pakistan can even host South Africa in January after which probably England which is nice information for the house followers.
Printed in Daybreak, October 22nd, 2020