Chennai, Feb 10:Lowly Zimbabwe would definitely want to give a good account of themselves and play to their full potential this World Cup. However, when their coach Allan Butcher stepped up to express such a view at an press conference at Chennai's M Chidamabarm Stadium, he was curtailed by a most embarrassing gaffe - he accidently kept switching off the micro-phone as he held it to speak!
Regardless of the fact that the former England Test cricketer had inadvertently muted himself, his players will certainly want their voices heard and their presence felt in the big tournament which begins in a week's time.
Captain Elton Chigambura and his boys have not been able to shirk off the tag of "minnows" as yet. After all, since the last World Cup, Zimbabwe have played 66 matches, winning only 22 and losing 44. But their have been some positive signs emerging from their previous campaigns.
In 2009, all-rounder Charles Conventry scored the second-highest individual one-day score of all-time, sharing the record of 194* (against Bangladesh) with Pakistan's Saeed Anwar, while opener Hamilton Masakadza notched up the third highest score, with 178* against Kenya. Masakadza has also emerged as Zimbabwe's most consistent player along with wicket-keeper Tatenda Taibu since May 2007.
Zimbabwe is definitely doing well to find its footing on the international scene. After the side was severely depleted in past decade due to an exodus of quality players (such as Henry Olonga) protesting the so-called "death of democracy" in the nation, the side has taken several steps in the right direction. So it will be interesting to see if the "minnows" from southern Africa can pull off some surprises in the World Cup 2011.