The Zimbabwe senior men’s team left Harare last night for the International Cricket Council World Twenty20 tournament.
A travelling party of 15 players and eight support staff flew out to Dubai en route to the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, for the global showcase of the shortest format of the game which will run from the 16th of March to the 6th of April.
Before the tournament opens, Zimbabwe will play two practice matches against Bangladesh representative teams. They will also play two first round warm-up
matches in the port city of Chittagong, Bangladesh’s commercial capital.
The first match will be against Hong Kong on the 12th of March, and the second against Afghanistan on the 14th.
In the tournament, Zimbabwe will first play in a group stage for passage to the Super 10. They are in group B, with Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Their first match is against Ireland on the 17th of March, followed by one against the Netherlands on the 19th and then UAE on the 21st. All the matches will be played at the Sylhet Divisional Stadium in the city of Sylhet.
The winner of group B and the winner of the other group comprising Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong and Nepal will proceed to the Super 10 stage where they will join Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies.
In that stage, the group B winner will join England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and New Zealand in group 1. The group A winner will join Australia, India, Pakistan and the West Indies in group 2.
The top two sides after round-robin play in the groups will proceed to the knock-out stage leading to the final.
Sikandar Raza Butt, Tendai Chatara, Elton Chigumbura, Tafadzwa Kamungozi, Timycen Maruma, Hamilton Masakadza, Shingirai Masakadza, Natsai M’shangwe, Tinashe Panyangara, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Brendan Taylor (captain), Prosper Utseya, Brian Vitori, Malcolm Waller and Sean Williams.
Coach – Andrew Waller, Assistant Coach – Stephen Mangongo, Batting Coach – Grant Flower, Team Manager – Caesar Bond Nayoto, Match Analyst – Stanley Chioza, Physiotherapist – Travor Wambe, Fitness Trainer – Walter Karimanzira and Convenor – Givemore Makoni.