New Zifa boss must clean the house first

Vitori had a brilliant first-class start to his international career, but had a dip in form towards the end failing to cement a place in the team. But with the team having been in camp for a month in preparation for the triangular series that will be used to gear-up for T-20 World Cup in Sri Lanka, Butcher said Vitori has been hitting the right areas ever since they commenced training.

“He started off very well last year, but sort of let off later. Since we came back he has been high class once again and I am convinced he will have a good international career,” said Butcher. “The other seam-bowlers have also been impressive, the variation has been top class and I hope they can go into the series in this sort of form.”

Vitori was the star of the show when Zimbabwe returned to the Tests, taking six wickets. He also bowled brilliantly in the ODIs where Zimbabwe won 3-2 with two five-wicket hauls in the first two matches against Bangladesh.

He is set to face a Tigers side which will be seeking revenge after losing both series last year. “This will be a tough series. We are playing two different teams, one which is somewhere up there at the top (South Africa) and the other not as high but seeking revenge,” added Butcher. “This will give us an opportunity to assess ourselves and see where we are.”

 

Butcher also talked up batsman Kevin Kasuza’s talent tipping him to make a strong case of a place in the national team. “We keep seeing young talent turning up and this time Kevin Kasuza has impressed everybody. He still needs nurturing but I wouldn’t be surprised if he claims a place in the national team. It’s good that the pool of players keeps growing. We have the triangular series coming up in July for the “A” sides where Sri Lanka and South Africa will tour Zimbabwe and this will be an opportunity for us to give the younger players a chance to prove themselves and more importantly they get an opportunity to play against quality opposition and gain some valuable experience.”

Butcher said his mission this year is to see the team improve and show they are moving forward.  “We have done relatively well in the last two years where the success rate was 34% compared to 26% previously. We want to continue improving, getting variation out of the bowlers and innovation from the batters and try to be competitive as a team.”