Zimbabwe has been winless in the Tri-Series tournament so far and time is running out for them to make a significant impact with dominant performances to reach the final which Afghanistan has already booked a berth in. Their next game is against the hosts Bangladesh who also lost to Afghanistan and all-rounder Sean Williams thinks his side will be up against a team under intense pressure who have had a very overwhelming run over the last few months. In that regard, he thinks Zimbabwe have a good opportunity and need to make the most of it.
“It is definitely,” replied Sean Williams in the affirmative when asked if this was the best chance to push Bangladesh. “As I said, if we focus on what we need to do, everything will take care of itself. They are under pressure, we know that. But you know again it goes back to us doing the basics.
“I think Bangladesh is a very strong team all around. They have got a very good structure going all the way down to the club levels. T20 cricket can go either way. Like I said, fine margins. You know, they have got some very very good players, some very experienced campaigners. They have Shakib, Mahmudullah, Mushi. You know they are all very good players and we respect that fact. So, no game we are ever going to take lightly. We would just like to go out there, focus on our things and do what is required for our team,” he added.
Zimbabwe does have some untested players in their ranks who are playing in the conditions of the subcontinent for the first time but Williams considers it the duty of the senior players to lead by example and give the younger ones confidence that they need. He admitted that some of those players haven’t been able to make a mark yet and need to step up to the team’s cause.
“What we do as senior players are important as the backbone of the team to teach them for the future. There have been a few of us under-performing of late. So we need to step up as a senior group and get the junior following. They got us out of trouble twice now. If the seniors can step up i.e. Craig [Ervine], myself, Brendan is showing signs of very good form on its way. So, yeah, if we can step up I think we have a very good chance.”
Zimbabwe cricket has suffered a lot lately and it is not the best time to be a cricketer for the country. Their internal politics and fallacies have resulted in them being officially banned by cricket’s highest governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC) from participating in events conducted by the ICC and Sean Williams considers the current series to be all the more important given the context. He thinks it will prove to be crucial for bonding and the players to enjoy themselves. “It is extremely important. We have learned a lot from what we have been through. And I think you can see the team starting to bond more and more and come together more as a unit.”
Zimbabwe will travel to Singapore next for a tri-nation series next in September-October and the series will also involve Nepal. This will be the final series in the career of Hamilton Masakadza who’s retiring and it will open up the door for Williams to lead the side – something he’s looking forward to.
“It is extremely important. We have learned a lot from what we have been through. And I think you can see the team starting to bond more and more and come together more as a unit.”
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