Lady Chevrons bullish

18 Sep, 2022 - 00:09 0 Views
Lady Chevrons bullish

Sports Reporter

Lady Chevrons captain Mary-Anne Musonda believes the team has the pedigree to qualify for next year’s International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 World Cup that will be held in South Africa.

They are set to battle it out with seven other teams for two World Cup slots in the T20 World Cup Global qualifiers, which begin today in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Zimbabwe are in Group B, together with Thailand, Papua New Guinea (PNG) and UAE, while Group A comprises Ireland, Scotland, USA and Bangladesh.

Two top teams from each group will proceed to the semi-finals, with the finalists automatically securing their place at the World Cup.

Musonda told The Sunday Mail Sport that the team had adequately prepared for the qualifiers.

“The preparations have been okay and we are feeling confident on the way we went about things, focusing on the qualifiers and the kind of cricket we wanted to play,” she said.

“All departments have been taking their skills a notch up, so we are quite confident about our game going into the tournament, and we are excited to see how we will do. We will take it game by game.”

She added that she was ready to lead the team from the front.

“When the season started, when we started the qualifiers, the regional qualifiers, I always envisioned us being here and how we would go about business, and how I will lead from the front as captain of the team.

“I am ready to lead and serve the team . . .

“I am up for the challenge, and the rest of the girls are,” said Musonda.

Despite acknowledging the uphill task the Lady Chevrons face against their opponents, she believes in the team.

“Only two teams qualify; that is the setup of these tournaments, and it is not easy, hence for us, it is always a priority to play each game as it comes and make sure that we get the result that we all desire.”

The coming in of head coach Gary Brent (GB), she added, had given the Lady Chevrons a new dimension on how to approach the game.

“GB has come with a different approach. There is a lot of freedom around the changing room.

“We are now owning the game instead of him giving us instructions and, hence, we feel obliged to do our best as we have that sense of responsibility for our game.”

Zimbabwe kickstart their campaign today with a date against Papua New Guinea before they face Thailand tomorrow.

They will round off their Group B assignments with a match against hosts UAE on Wednesday.

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