Afzal undaunted by Zimbabwe challenge in World T20 opener


Hong Kong captain Tanwir Afzal insists his side are not daunted by the prospect of facing Zimbabwe in their World Twenty20 opener on Tuesday.

Afzal's side - who ICC chief executive David Richardson revealed have recently been the subject of a probe from its anti-corruption unit - will be making their second appearance at the tournament having bowed out in the first round of group stages in 2014.

Their sole victory in that competition came in a two-wicket win over Bangladesh and, although Zimbabwe are second favourites to progress from Group B after Afghanistan, Afzal is hopeful his team can spring a surprise in Nagpur.

"We are confident in our own abilities and for the first time for a while we will have our strongest team," Afzal said. "The guys just want to do Hong Kong proud."

Zimbabwe arrested a run of three straight defeats in warm-up matches with a six-wicket success against Ireland in Dharamsala on Saturday.

Captain Hamilton Masakadza scored an unbeaten 68 against Ireland and will look to lead from the front again on a surface that is expected to provide some turn.

Of the 40 wickets that fell in the last international match to be played at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium - a Test between India and South Africa - 33 came from spinners.

But asked about the surface Masakadza said: "It's very different from the Test match wicket. That was a Test match, and this pitch has been prepared for T20, so definitely two different pitches and I think this one will play much better."