The ODI series between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe commences on Sunday, October 21. The first of the 3 ODI matches will be held at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka. The tour started on October 19 wherein Bangladesh Board Cricket XI beat the Zimbabwean team by 8 wickets in the warm-up game.
Bangladesh have the complete home advantage which was quite apparent in the tour game. While Mushfiqur Rahim has recovered from his hip injury and is fit to play, Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan are still injured. The most likely to be replacements would be Mohammad Saifuddin and the uncapped Fazle Mahmud. Meanwhile, Liton Das has cemented his position in the team with his promising performances.
Before Afghanistan and Ireland received their Test status from the ICC, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe were the last two teams to achieve the same. They’ve walked two different paths since then. While Bangladesh has grown in terms of consistency and also popularity, Zimbabwe have fallen off the course. The two teams also played their 100th Test match at around the same time two years back.
Probable XI for Zimbabwe :
The only factor that is in favor of Zimbabwe is the return of Sikandar Raza who was out for while due to issues with the board. Raza and Williams make a prolific all-rounder combo for Zimbabwe. While if the top four batsmen are able to settle, it can make a huge difference for the team.
Solomon Mire, Hamilton Masakadza(captain), Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor(wicketkeeper), Sean Williams, Peter Moor, Sikandar Raza, Brandon Mavuta, Kyle Jarvis, Donald Tiripano, Tendai Chatara
Probable XI for Bangladesh:
While Tamim and Shakib are away due to injuries acquired in the Asia Cup, some changes to the squad have been made.
“They have got back some senior cricketers into the squad and naturally, we will have to play our hundred percent to beat them,” – Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza on the Zimbabwean team.
Liton Das, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim(wicketkeeper), Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Mohammad Saifuddin/Fazle Mahmud, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza(captain), Mustifizur Rahman, Nazmul Islam, Rubel Hossain
Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe
1st ODI- October 21, Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka (2:30 pm local time)