By Anashe Murombedzi
Zimbabwe Cricket team the Chevrons are raring to make it to the Super 12 stage for the first time when they begin the T20 World Cup group match with Ireland in Australia this Monday.
The coming in of Dave Houghton transformed the play bringing on smiles again in the Chevrons’ camp.
Zimbabwe have won seven games in three months including being history makers in Australia by humbling the hosts in the One Day International series for the first time and there is no doubt of progress if they could beat the champions.
The 11th-positioned team will make their appearance for the first time in six years, while they had never gone beyond the group stage of the global T20 tournament.
The Chevrons were drawn in Group B alongside former two-time champion West Indies, Ireland and Scotland.
Dave Houghton’s men will clash with Ireland in the first group stage match before taking West Indies on Wednesday and Scotland on Friday at Bellerive Oval in Hobart.
In the T20 global showpiece history, Zimbabwe will be meeting Ireland for the ninth time, while in the past eight encounters Ireland was the better side winning five times.
16 nations are battling for honours in the T20 World Cup as Defending champions Australia, New Zealand, Bangladesh, South Africa, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and England are the giant eight getting into the first round.
The remaining four places will be chased by Zimbabwe, West Indies, Ireland and Scotland in group B, while group A has Namibia, Sri Lanka, Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates.
The top two winners from each pool will join the Super 12 Stage.
Meanwhile, skipper Craig Ervine will make his return from injury.