ZC offers Bangladesh ODIs in January

BCB chief Nazmul Hassan has said that Zimbabwe Cricket has offered Bangladesh an ODI series in January as preparations for the 2015 World Cup. The BCB, however, are yet to decide the matter internally, he added.

a�?We are currently playing on wickets that are very different than the ones we will face in the 2015 World Cup,a�? Hassan said. a�?Zimbabwe has offered us to play an ODI series in their home venue before the World Cup, since their conditions are quite similar to what we can expect in Australia. We like their proposal, but we need to discuss the matter with BCBa��s cricket operations committee and our head coach. Only then we will decide on touring Zimbabwe.a�?

After the five-match ODI series between the two sides ends on December 1, Bangladesh players will take part in the Dhaka Premier League before leaving for the World Cup in Australia on January 24. Zimbabwe, however, have no international matches scheduled once they complete their commitments in Bangladesh. It is understood that ZC has apparently asked for the short ODI series to take place from January 10, which has been received favourably by the BCB chief.

Meanwhile, Former Zimbabwe captain Alistair Campbell has warned that the country could soon be a�?lost to international cricketa�? unless drastic action is taken. He said that the lack of former international cricketers in the current Zimbabwe set-up is hurting the teama��s progress.

a�?Without any attention being paid, we can become like Kenya and cricket will be dead in Zimbabwe,a�? he told the Dhaka-based daily Prothom Alo. a�?I am fearful that in the next two years if there is no intervention, very quickly they will be lost to international cricket. No one wants to see that.a�?

Grant Flower and Heath Streaka��s move to Pakistan and Bangladesh respectively meant that Zimbabwe needed batting and bowling coaches but Campbell said although the current coaches have the requisite qualifications, their lack of wider exposure means that the players dona��t get expert advice on a regular basis.

He said this after Zimbabwe suffered a 3-0 ODI whitewash away to Bangladesh recently. – Cricinfo.