THE Zimbabwe cricket team are expected to warm up for their upcoming ODI series against Bangladesh when they face the BCB XI in a limited overs game tomorrow.
The Chevrons arrived in Bangladesh on Tuesday following a disappointing tour of South Africa where they faced an ODI whitewash and a 2-0 defeat in the T20 Internationals.
They are expected to play Bangladesh in a three-match ODI and two-match Test series.
Experienced batsman Hamilton Masakadza, who retained the captaincy in all formats against South Africa, will also lead the touring Zimbabwe team that is expected to be joined by John Nyumbu and Cephas Zhuwao for the ODIs and later Brian Chari and Regis Chakabva for the Tests.
The day-night ODI series will begin this Sunday at the Sher-e- Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur while the remaining ODIs will be played on October 24 and 26 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.
The two-match Test series will begin on November 3 at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium while the second and last Test will begin on November 11 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.
The Zimbabwe team is expected to warm up for the ODI series against the local selections tomorrow in Savar.
Fresh face Mohor Sheikh, who is just one first-class match old, was picked in the BCB XI. The BCB XI squad also contains three other young fast bowlers — Yeasin Arafat, Ebadat Chowdhury and Saifuddin — and just the one specialist spinner in Nayeem Hasan.
The Bangladesh team management will also get a final look at Test hopeful Mizanur Rahman and uncapped Fazle Mahmud, who was picked for the ODI series against Zimbabwe.
Mahmud is set for his ODI debut in the first game against Zimbabwe on Sunday while Mizanur, who has already made two first-class centuries in the first two matches this season, will also treat this like an audition, as he is being discussed among the national selectors and team management as a possible replacement for Tamim for the two Tests against Zimbabwe.
The match is also a chance for Ariful Haque and Mohammad Saifuddin, both in the ODI squad, to show their utility, although selector Habibul Bashar has recently said that they are more focused on a pace-bowling allrounder, which makes Saifuddin a more likely consideration.
Zimbabwe ODI squad:
Hamilton Masakadza (capt), Solomon Mire, Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams, Peter Moor, Elton Chigumbura, Donald Tiripano, Kyle Jarvis, Brandon Mavuta, Richard Ngarava, John Nyumbu, Wellington Masakadza, Tarisai Musakanda, Tendai Chatara and Cephas Zhuwao
Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Ariful Haque, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Nazmul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Hider Rony, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Mohammad Saifuddin, Fazle Mahmud, Imrul Kayes