DHAKA : Zimbabwe captain Prosper Utseya is hopeful of a better performance against Bangladesh in the Grameenphone Cup compared to the series at home in August which they lost 4-1.
“We have done pretty well against Kenya at home before coming here. We beat them 4-1 and hope to carry the momentum into the matches against Bangladesh. We are targeting an improved performance,” said Utseya whose team reached Dhaka on Wednesday night.
Bangladesh have not lost a series to Zimbabwe in three years and have won 15 out of their last 19 meetings and Utseya acknowledged that the task at hand is a tough one.
“Playing any country in their home conditions is tough and looking at the performances in the last few series between the teams we will probably start as the underdogs. But there are a few new faces and some of the players have shown good form recently. We would give it our best and try to put pressure on Bangladesh.”
Regarding the left-arm spin threat from Bangladesh the Zimbabwe skipper said they had done their homework.
“We have played against the Bangladesh spinners many times and we have worked on them a bit. We know that pitches here would suit them but we have better experience of the conditions now.
“I also feel that the presence of someone like Heath Streak in the coaching staff would be highly beneficial for our bowlers.”
The visitors had an afternoon practice session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. They kick off their tour with a warm up match against a BCB XI at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah tomorrow. Another warm-up against the same side is scheduled for October 25. The first ODI of the five-game series is on October 27.