'Playing Bangladesh at home is a challenge'

Published: Monday, November 5, 2001, 20:50 [IST]
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Dhaka: Zimbabwe's cricket captain, Brian Murphy, said on Monday his team would not underestimate Bangladesh on its current tour to the country despite the hosts' poor record in Test cricket.
"Playing Bangladesh at home is a challenge," the 24-year-old Murphy said after his team's arrival here for two Tests and three One-day Internationals. "The Bangladesh team is a combination of youth and experience and it has a respectable batting line-up," said Murphy, who led Zimbabwe for the first time in the recent triangular series in Sharjah, where his team lost all four One-dayers. Bangladesh has lost all of their five Tests, including two in Zimbabwe in April, since gaining Test status last year. The hosts on Saturday named two newcomers in a 14-member squad for the first Test, starting at Dhaka on November 8. All-rounder Khaled Mahmood, man-of-the-match in Bangladesh's upset win over Pakistan in the 1999 World Cup, and seamer Masrafee-bin-Murtza Kowshik made the Test team for the first time. The second Test will be held at Chittagong on November 15. Chittagong will also host the first One-dayer on November 23, while Dhaka is the venue for the remaining two matches on November 25 and 27. Zimbabwe: Brian Murphy (captain), Andy Flower, Grant Flower, Gary Brent, Douglas Marillier, Stuart Carlisle, Craig Wishart, Dion Ebrahim, Heath Streak, Sean Ervine, Travis Friend, Trevor Gripper, Mluleki Nkala, Henry Olonga and Raymond Price. Coach: Geoff Marsh (Australia).

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