By Trevor Makonyonga
Batsman, Craig Ervine will lead the Zimbabwe cricket team in the one-off test match which starts today (Saturday) at Bangla National Stadium in Bangladesh.
Ervine is standing in for captain, Sean Williams who stayed behind for the birth of his first child.
The stand-in captain is upbeat that his charges can get a victory and appreciated the chance of playing the longest version of the game.
“Every Test match for us is golden as we hardly play Test cricket, so tohave any opportunity to play a Test has to be taken with both hands.
“We have to believe and go about our business as if we are here to win,otherwise there’s no point touring Bangladesh. We have had success here before and travelled to Bangladesh manytimes before, so there’s no reason why we can’t do it again,” he said.
Ervine also said that Bangladesh are a good challenge even though they are finding balance in their team.
“Bangladesh are strong at home but they are going through a period of finding a balance in their team as well as us, so it will be a good challenge for our guys and a different one to the Sri Lankan series in terms ofconditions.
“The guys have been excellent at training over the last couple of days.Everyone knows what they need to do and the guys are just cracking onwith their work.”
Meanwhile, Sean Williams welcomed his dqughter yesterday. Congratulatory messages have been pouring to the captain on social media with hopes that the team will win to seal the happy moment.
Zimbabwe Test squad; Sikandar Raza Butt, Regis Chakabva (wicketkeeper), Craig Ervine(captain), Kevin Kasuza, Timycen Maruma, Prince Masvaure, Christopher Mpofu, Brian Mudzinganyama, Carl Mumba, Tinotenda Mutombodzi,Ainsley Ndlovu, Victor Nyauchi, Brendan Taylor, Donald Tiripano, Charlton Tshuma.