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Zimbabwe wants to get positive result

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Zimbabwean cricket team is hoping to earn a positive result in the upcoming Tri-nation as familiarity breeds confidence for them. The cancellation of the warm-up match due to their late arrival seemed hardly any issue for them as they all know what to expect considering some of their major stars are featuring regularly in the domestic competition. Zimbabwe will take on the host in the Tri-nation opener on January 15 that also involves Sri Lanka, who arrived yesterday morning.

'I think it is not ideal but we have all played in Dhaka enough, the conditions won't be too different than what we have seen in the past,' skipper Graeme Cremer told reporters in the post arrival press conference at Dhaka on Saturday. 'It will be new for our younger guys but for our more experienced guys it shouldn't be an issue. Those are the guys who will look to win us games,' said Cremer.

 'I learned a lot about the Bangladesh players (and a few Sri Lankan players) during the BPL. It will be really good for us. The input from Raza and Malcolm will also help us a lot in the tri-series,' he added. Cremer added that the arrival of Brendon Taylor and Kyle Jarvis is expected to bolster their strength while he is also looking forward to Hamilton Masakadza, who happens to turn out as a regular item when the domestic season starts.

'It is very exciting. BT[ Taylor] left a big hole in the middle-order when he left. It is great to have him back. We will let Jarvis lead the bowling attack but also it is the extra experience we have in the team which we didn't have before,' said Cremer. 'We will look to him [Mazakadza] to get us off to a good start and hopefully bat through most of the innings. He has a great record; there will be a lot of pressure on him to score but he knows it,' said Cremer. 'Hopefully he can deliver,' he added.

For Zimbabwean head coach Heath Streak it was like returning back to his home away from home being the Tigers bowling coach not long ago and he is determined to chalk some plans going through that memory lane. 'Nice to be back,' said Streak. 'Home away from home and having spent two years here not so long ago, so it was like the other day that I was here,' he said.

Cremer, Raza, Waller and Mire definitely will help us with a bit of information about some of the newer players,' said Streak 'They would also know what the conditions are like, which would help them in the series,' he added. However, Streak remained grounded and did not want to sound over board regarding their chances in the Tri-nation. '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 Zim 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,' said Streak.

-Atif Azam, AA

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