By ZBC Reporter
THE Zimbabwe Chevrons have been challenged to go beyond just producing good performances but aim to win matches to make a mark on the international scene.
Following seven months inactivity due to the Covid-19 induced lockdown, the chevrons returned to the field of play with a tour of Pakistan that has seen them square off against the hosts in ODI and T20 matches.
Despite narrowly losing the ODI series 2-1, a number of positives were noted with a few concerns also being identified.
Former Zimbabwe cricketer, Dirk Viljoen noted that the Chevrons’ performed beyond expectations, but highlighted the need for the team to start winning matches.
“I think it’s commendable. Considering we haven’t played so long. I didn’t have high hopes for Zimbabwe for a couple of reasons. One was that we hadn’t played a lot of cricket. Two was that because of the lockdown it didn’t give us much time to prepare. Yes, we were in camp but that is not preparation. Preparation is game time and Zimbabwe didn’t have much of that,”
“I think they can be proud of the fact that they have gone out and have competed. However, saying that seems to be a very old cliché that we always say they were great and they competed. I think there is an element of taking nothing away from the situation they found themselves in that they have gone there and flown the flag high. Zimbabwe cricket needs to get to a stage of not making excuses; not that they are but we making excuses for them. The nation needs to get to a stage that we don’t want to just compete but we want to win games. If we compete it is great but that doesn’t get us to world cups. Winning games does.” he explained.
The former cricketer added that Zimbabwe needs to find a route that brings the country around the same table with the heavyweights of the sport on a regular basis.
The two countries are currently locked in an exciting T20 series that has been wrapped up by a team which boasts of having arguably the best T20 bowling attack in the world.