Team Zimbabwe for ICC World Cup 2011
There are a number of teams going into the World Cup which might likely be regarded as minnows; yet, here at LBR we are more focused on presenting to you a complete round up of the top ten teams that we think can perform to the best of their ability come this World Cup.
It is a pity that Zimbabwe has not had too much international exposure over the years following the time they were awarded test status in year 1992. However, the current team that we see going into this upcoming world cup has shown a considerably improved performance as days match after match. With that said, Zimbabwe are a team that are going into this world cup as the underdogs; however, teams must not underestimate the Zimbabwean unity and effort on the field. The team might not possess that X-factor that one expects from the other major sides in the world but Zimbabwe’s main strength lies in their top order batting and their slow bowling. While Taylor and Masakadza play the role of a sheet anchor in the batting department, Ray Price leads the slow bowling attack to deceive the batsmen off the turf.
Only just recently, coach Alan Butcher defined the goal of the Zimbabwean team: ‘to make sure we play as well as we can.’ He further added, ‘We haven’t set any targets regarding the quarter-finals.” For a team that has only twice progressed out of the group stages and has won just eight of 46 World Cup matches, that ambition seems to fit just right. Zimbabwe are among the stronger of the minnow teams but will have to beat at least one of the big names as well as earn convincing victories over Kenya and Canada if they hope to progress. For them, the results are not as important as the method. “If we can play five out of six games to our plans and to our targets, it will represent a good step forward for our team,” Butcher said.
The team now has high hopes of registering a decent performance on the grand stage also aim to take of game at a time. While it may seem that Zimbabwe will emerge victorious in competitions against sides like Kenya and Canada, the team must also be ready to face some fierce opposition against heavy weights like Pakistan, India, South Africa, Australia and others. The team must remember past victories in the 1999 ICC World Cup against India and South Africa and go in with no fear whatsoever because they might just see someone playing either of the Flower brothers, an Alistair Campbell or even Henry Olonga or Heath Streak for that matter.
Zimbabwe 15-man Squad
Elton Chigumbura (captain)