15 December 2010
Chigumbura looking for upsets at World Cup
The Zimbabwe captain is happy with his team's preparation and hopes to make it to the second round
Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura is confident that his side can pull off a few upsets.
"We will target getting into the second round. With the sort of players we have, I believe we can do it. We have a couple of games against the associate nations (during CWC 2011). The way we have been preparing, we can definitely make it past the first round," said Chigumbura, with the ICC CWC 2011 website.
Zimbabwe has had a particularly productive 2010 as the team beat Sri Lanka, India (in ODIs) and West Indies (in T20) during the year. Chigumbura believes the results are an indication of the team's improvement.
"To be fair, Bangladesh has also improved their cricket a lot, but Zimbabwe is not far off. Like Bangladesh who played matches regularly and slowly got better, we have been playing games regularly, we're getting there. We have improved our performance over the last year. Before coming to Bangladesh, we've beaten a couple of bigger sides (India and Sri Lanka). I believe we will cause some upsets in the World Cup as well," added Chigumbura.
Zimbabwe just last week wound up an ODI tour to Bangladesh, which it lost 1-3. The tour was part of a build-up to the ICC CWC 2011. Chigumbura believes the tour was vital in the team's preparations.
"When we come back to the sub-continent for the World Cup, we will be a step ahead. It's good to play Bangladesh," reckoned Chigumbura.
Chigumbura informed that he is aware of the challenges of leading a side to the sub-continent. "I've been there (subcontinent) a number of times so I know what to expect. We have got used to the wickets there (in Bangladesh). We will have World Cup games in India as well."
West Indies batting legend Brian Lara, former Zimbabwe stars Grant Flower and Heath Streak are involved in different roles with the team. Chigumbura is excited to have these former players involved with the team.
"Brian (Lara) is going to join us early next year as the batting consultant. Grant Flower is our batting coach now and Heath Streak is working on our bowlers," informed Chigumbura.
Overall Chigumbura is excited about the general improvement in the structure of cricket in Zimbabwe.
"The introduction of the franchises is a move forward. The local league features more foreign coaches and players. I know we are going in the right direction so hopefully we can keep improving, from the domestic levels to the international level," concluded Chigumbura.
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