Dav has said his goal is to make it out of the group stage and into the quarter-finals. In all honesty, that would be a more than creditable achievement. Finishing in the top four of Group A would require two victories. Ireland and the UAE are the two qualifiers in the group and Zimbabwe should certainly start as favourites, although I expect them to be extremely hard games.
The ICC has done a fine job in assisting the Associate nations to prepare for the tournament and they will have been together and playing practise matches for what feels like months by the time we arrive. It’s probably fair enough to say they will be more thoroughly prepared than Zimbabwe by the time of the Opening Ceremony.
We couldn’t have a tougher assignment than South Africa for our opening game and it will be equally hard to come up with a victory against India, West Indies and Pakistan. Fortunately, you don’t need to have the memory of an elephant to recall our happy, giant-killing days. It was only six months ago that we beat Australia at Harare Sports Club and most of the players who were involved in that game are also in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 squad.
Zimbabwe has most of the required elements to balance the squad.
Sikander Raza and Chamu Chibhabha are both capable of exploiting the PowerPlay overs at the top of the innings, while Hamilton Masakadza is perfectly able to bat through the innings and provide the foundation. What a relief that he is finally making an appearance in the game’s greatest showpiece. Three tournaments have come and gone since he made his international debut but he missed them all. Too young, too injured and too out-of-form were the reasons in 2003, 2007 and 2011. More than anyone, he deserves this chance.