Chigumbura determined to stop the rot


Elton Chigumbura hopes a return to Twenty20 international action against Bangladesh in Mirpur on Friday will bring an end to Zimbabwe's losing streak.

The tourists were consigned to a one-day international series whitewash when Bangladesh secured a 61-run victory at the Shere Bangla National Stadium on Wednesday.

Zimbabwe travelled to Bangladesh on the back of a 2-0 T20 series defeat to Afghanistan and have not responded in the manner Chigumbura would have been looking for.

Bangladesh will be expected to come out on top when the two sides meet in the shortest format of the game as they step up their preparations for the ICC World Twenty20 next year. 

Zimbabwe captain Chigumbura, whose side were also beaten 3-2 by Afghanistan in the recent ODI series on home soil, is eyeing an upturn in fortunes ahead of the two games in Mirpur

"Every international game is important. T20 is a format where everyone can express themselves. We have to execute well and hopefully have one in the bag, especially in the first one," Chigumbura said.

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza sees the series an opportunity to strike the right balance before the World Twenty20, which starts in March.

"Our first target would be to find our best combination," Mashrafe said. "We wouldn't have many chances later on to do so."

The Tigers skipper rued the absence of all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who will play no part following the birth of his first child.

"Winning is important, but not as much as finding our combination," he added. "If we had Shakib around, we could have played Sabbir [Rahman] up the order, but nowadays you need a good hitter at number six, who can win you games when you need 40 off 20 or 30 balls.

"We have asked all 14 players to be prepared for a place in the XI. We are discussing who we can use where. It would've been easier if Shakib were here."

Paceman Kamrul Islam Rabbi could make his international debut for Bangladesh.