ZIMBABWE A cricket coach Andy Pycroft says results from the ongoing series between the hosts
and Bangladesh A do not worry him.
=justify>Pycroft, who saw his side slump to a seven-wicket defeat to the Asians on the final day of the first four-day match at Mutare Sports Club on Monday, says he expects “exactly the same” set of results from the second four-day match which begins at the same venue this morning.
“I am not surprised at all by the results,” Pycroft told IndependentSport. “The tour is about developing people, not winning games. Our objective is to develop players as quickly as possible.”
Pycroft conceded that his experimental side batted badly in the first innings when they were dismissed for 116 runs, but defended the team’s overall showing.
Zimbabwe A had to follow-on after Bangladesh had earlier posted a first innings total of 393 runs.
“We batted poorly in the first innings but we did quite well in the second innings,” he said.
“The partnership of 189 between (Stuart) Matsikenyeri (who scored 127 runs) and (Tafadzwa) Mufambisi was a good comeback after being bowled out for 116 in the first innings. We came back strongly to score 388 in the second innings. It’s a big total.
“As long as we bat in the series like we did in the second innings, we will be competitive.”
The former Zimbabwe top-class batsman also had words of encouragement for his bowlers.
“We bowled well throughout the series,” he said. “Trevor Garwe (pace bowler) bowled well. Patient Charumbira, Tendai Chisoro (both seam bowlers) and (Tim) Maruma (off spinner) had never bowled for long spells but they adjusted. They were not used to these kind of conditions.”
Garwe bowled with pace and bounce on a Mutare Sports Club track that traditionally offers a lot of runs to batsmen. He recorded 4-55 in the first innings.
Pycroft also admitted that his side has to find means to contain Bangladesh A’s star spinner Enamul Haque Jnr, who took a total of nine wickets in the first match, rocking the Zimbabwe A batting line-up.
“He bowls a lot of overs and wears out the batsmen. Our guys are not used to facing left-arm spin for long spells and he took advantage. We are working on how to counter him. The guys will get better and better,” Pycroft said.