Zimbabwe expects tough series in the Caribbean

Harare (Zimbabwe), Jan 17 (IANS/CMC) Coach Alan Butcher says he is anticipating a tough series when Zimbabwe cricketers arrive in the Caribbean for their four-week tour next month.

Butcher said the West Indies were playing very well at the moment and the tour represents a good challenge for Zimbabwe, reports CMC.

Zimbabwe's Feb 22 to March 20 tour comprises two Tests, three One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals.

"At home we have done well but it is the results away which remain a worry," said Butcher, who has played just one test match for England.

"It is going to be a tough tour to the West Indies. They are playing good cricket at the moment. Our players have to stand up, show some character, perform well, play positive and confident cricket."

Zimbabwe has not included former national team captain Elton Chigumbura for their Caribbean tour.

The all rounder was omitted from a 24-man training squad after selectors ran out of patience due to the player's recurrent poor form.

"Leaving out Chigumbura was a tough decision because while on paper he balances the squad, he has not played well enough to remain in the team," said Butcher.

"It now gives another player an opportunity to claim that all rounder spot."

The 24-man squad goes into camp here Feb 4 with the team set to leave for the West Indies Feb 16.

--IANS/CMC

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