31 January 2018
ADAM Chifo, the Zimbabwe Cricket Women coach, admits that 10th ranked Ireland are serious competitors in international cricket but that won’t stop the local ladies from mounting challenge and prove a point.
Zimbabwe host the Ireland women in three ODIs on February 1, 3 and 5 before playing five T20s on February 8, 10, 11, 13 and 14 at the Country Club and St. George’s College in the capital.
Chifo has sight set on clinching the both the ODI and T20 series’ against Ireland but understands that it won’t be a stroll in the park.
“Our target obviously is to win both the ODI and T20 series but we can only achieve this if we play according to a plan that we execute well. Ireland are a good team and are not easy push overs and we respect them.
“They brought a full and strong side consisting of players who play in the Australian Big Bash while most of their players play in England so obviously they are a more experienced side but that will not intimidate us,” he said.
Although Kim Garth and Isobel Joyce are back from the Women’s Big Bash where they turned out for Sydney Sixers and Hobart Hurricanes respectively, Ireland are still missing some of their key players due to injuries, work and school commitments.
However, Ireland coach Aaron Hamilton threw in new faces he hopes will step it up and give options to the squad for future tours.
“I’m also excited to see some more fresh faces coming into the squad for this tour. Having these players exposed to a tour like this will on help in adding to the depth of Irish Women’s cricket,” he said.
Ireland captain Mary Waldron and Ciara Metcalfe were also playing in Australia for Dragons, whilst Anna Kerrison, Cara Murray and Una Raymond-Hoey also ply their trades down under.
Chipo Mugeri (cpt), Modester Mupachikwa, Ashley Ndiraya, Precious Marange, Mary-Anne Musonda, Anesu Mushangwe, Josephine Nkomo, Lorraine Tshuma, Chiedza Dhururu, Nomvelo Sibanda, Nomatter Mutasa, Esther Mbofana, Lorraine Phiri, Francesca, Tasmeen Granger, Lorraine Ndlovhu and Evelyne Chisingarambwe.
Mary Waldron (cpt), Rachel Delaney, Kim Garth, Isobel Joyce, Shauna Kavanagh, Vanessa Kelada, Amy Kenealy, Anna Kerrison, Sophie MacMahon, Lara Maritz, Ciara Metcalfe, Cara Murray and Una Raymond-Hoey.