Richard Zimunya, Sports Reporter
Zimbabwe women’s cricket team coach Adam Chifo says the just ended debutante series against Ireland was an eye opener for them ahead of the coming ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier tournament in November.
Zimbabwe hosted Ireland in a 4-match ODI series which they lost 3-1.
They won the opening match by 4 wickets and then lost the other 3 matches by 81 runs , 8 wickets and 85 runs respectively.
Giving a review of the series coach Chifo said the series was important for his side.
“It was quite an eye opener for us as debutantes, we now agree that international cricket is demanding.
“All in all it was an important series for us , I think we now know where we stand going forward,” he told H-metro sport yesterday.
He added, “Obviously this was not the result that we had hoped for; we thought that after winning the opener we would continue on the rise.”
Zimbabwe was awarded ODI status by ICC in April this year and are scheduled to host the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2021 from November 21to December 5.
Coach Chifo went on to reveal that experience is going to play a big role in the coming tournament.
“We have played Thailand, Ireland and we will play Bangladesh before the coming Women’s World Cup Qualifier and at such big tournaments, experience plays a big a role , so we are hoping by then we would have gained the needed experience.
“I believe we do stand a chance to make top three at the coming tournament if we get our act together we can make top 5 or top 3 but we will take it game by game,” said Chifo.
Lady Chevrons are scheduled to host Bangladesh in another ODI series which will mark their final preparations ahead of the Women’s World Cup Qualifier in November.