Preview one-off Test: Bangladesh and Zimbabwe to confront in match no 100
A considerably favorite Bangladesh are intently waiting to face Zimbabwe at home in the sole Test match of the tour predominantly to shed off the failures in recent past and to hold back some prominence at least in own soil.
Bangladesh miserably failed to stand in the way of any opposition in previous several years when they did not only lost against big teams but being defeated against low-ranked Afghanistan in home series.
Experienced campaigner Mushfiqur Rahim is back on track after missing Rawalpindi Test that will certainly boost up team’s spirit for the Test match ahead.
Mominul Haque is also retained as Test captain and it will be his first home assignment.
The touring side will miss the service of regular captain Sean Williams but experienced campaigners like Brendan Taylor, Sikandar Raza and stand-in captain Craig Ervine would surely provide a hand in Zimbabwe’s longer version contest.
It can be noted that the one-off Test match which is scheduled to start on Saturday (22nd of February) at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka will be the 100th international match to be played between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. The match will start at 9.30 am Bangladesh standard time.
Zimbabwe captain Craig Ervine hopes will benefit the visitors.
“These conditions are a little bit familiar to us as we have toured here often in the past,” he said. “It should be a very good contest.”
Zimbabwe pushed Sri Lanka hard in two home matches in January – their first Test series in more than a year – before narrowly going down 1-0.
“The momentum gained from that series, we want to carry that into the Test match against Bangladesh,” he said.
Bangladesh (probable XI):
Zimbabwe (probablen XI):
Prince Masvaure, Kevin Kasuza, Craig Ervine (capt), Brendan Taylor, Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva (wk), Timycen Maruma, Carl Mumba, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Donald Tiripano, Victor Nyauchi.