We are looking forward to a good tour

Published: Wednesday, November 8, 2000, 18:23 [IST]
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Can you throw some light on who could be the players to watch from the Zimbabwe's point of view?

I am really impressed by Travis Friend and I am looking forward to see him in the opening tie against National Cricket Academy. Unfortunately we will be missing Stuart Carlisle in the first three-day game here in Indore, but he is also very promising.

Can you elaborate on Travis friend?

I know that he is still inexperienced and got hammered in the last few overs in Sharjah, but he has got the speed and hits the seam all the time, which is a good platform for any one who is as young as he is. He has got the natural speed and already troubled the likes of Sachin and Saurav with short-pitched stuff.

Vilojen too had good performances in Nairobi and at Sharjah, why he is not in the party?

I know that. But, I think he is a One-day specialist and not suitable for the Test series.

How important is it for your side to play two three-day games before the first Test?

Very important and that's why we are taking this match (against NCA) very seriously. I think these two matches will provide good opportunity for our bowlers to bowl a good line. We play the first Test in New Delhi and these two games give a chance for the batsmen also to get into the groove and stroke the ball from middle of the bat on Indian wickets.

Isn't it a blow to miss the captain in the first match itself?

Yes, Heath Streak will reach India on Thursday and he will play the second match for sure. Anyway we are sure to field all the three fast bowlers that we have in both the matches so that we can have good look before the first Test.

Do you must miss the services of Murray Goodwin and Neil Johnson?

I think any side would miss the services of such a players. But I have taken these things as they came and it has given an opportunity for couple of others to shine and I believe that cricket is all about opportunity.

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