Take it easy. That is the message coming from Zimbabwe developmental side coach Douglas Hondo as his cricketers step into Harare Sports Club today to face Sri Lanka in a four-day game. Hondo has urged his players to relax and avoid being flooded by expectations. By Brighton Zhawi
“Playing against Sri Lanka is good for these boys. It’s good for them to play against different opposition as opposed to playing year in year out against the same people. “There is no development in playing the same guys over and over again because you know who you are bowling to, you know what they do when they face spin,” said Hondo.
“It will be interesting to see how we will respond to the challenge posed by Sri Lanka. The players will have to read their opponents and adjust their game quickly. I have told the guys that this is their chance to be noticed but have also been quick to warn that they don’t have to be flooded by expectations or perceived pressure of the new opportunity.” PJ Moor leads the developmental side, with the skipper one of a few familiar faces in a side largely made up of greenhorns.
Moor is cherishing the opportunity and hopes every player in the side makes the most of it. “It’s a great honour personally to be selected to lead the side,” he said. “I am looking forward to playing with some of the younger guys and it’s a great opportunity for them to put their hands up.”
After the four-day match, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka will play three One-dayers on September 3, 5 and 7 at Harare Sports Club.
George Banda, Brian Chari, Herbert Chikomba, Stephen Chimhamhiwa, Gary Chirimuuta, Joylord Gumbie, Dylan Hondo, Luke Jongwe, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Kevin Kasuza, Charles Kunje, Neville Madziva, Tendai Maruma, Wellington Masakadza, Nyasha Mayavo, Carl Mumba, Tarisai Musakanda, Peter Joseph Moor (Captain), Mkhululi Nyathi, Victor Nyauchi, Kudzai Sauramba, Nathan Waller