ZIMBABWE captain Prosper Utseya believes they have emerged from a whitewash at the hands of South Africa last week strong enough to cause an upset at the ICC Champions Trophy in India.
Utseya said Zimbabwe, who were expected to l
eave for India this morning, had targeted beating Bangladesh and West Indies in the ICC Champions Trophy preliminary round.
The first two teams in the preliminary qualifiers, which also involve Sri Lanka, join Australia, India, Pakistan, New Zealand, South Africa and England that are automatically in the ICC Champions Trophy proper by virtue of their top rankings at the time of the draw.
“We have a good chance of beating West Indies and Bangladesh as well,” Utseya told IndependentSportyesterday. “When we played West Indies this year I think we showed we could beat them and we
were not far away if we had managed a few more runs in all the games.”
Utseya said they had worked on their fielding weaknesses that were badly exposed in the series against South Africa last week.
“We’ve been working on our fielding that was bad against South Africa,” he said.
Zimbabwe face West Indies in their first qualifier on October 8 before engaging Sri Lanka two days later. They will then meet Bangladesh on October 13. — Staff Writer.