Under-19 cricket gaffer remains optimistic

ZIMBABWE under-19 cricket coach Walter Chawaguta remains optimistic his team will acquit themselves well at next year’s World Cup despite a disappointing outing at the recent quadrangular series in India where Zimbabwe lost all matches.

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Zimbabwe capped off with an eight-wicket defeat to Australia in the third and fourth place play-off, but while Chawaguta was disappointed by the performance, he maintains the team has enough in the tank to redeem pride at the global youth cricket showcase.

“The performance was disappointing,” said Chawaguta. “We could have done better but the good thing is that this did not happen at the World Cup. We have a lot of time to work on those aspects lacking in our game.”

Chawaguta said the team had problems managing pressure in addition to struggling with fitness.

“I noted our inability to deal with adversity. We struggled to settle down and recover once we started to lose wickets. We couldn’t fight back.

“It was always going to be tough playing teams like South Africa, India and Australia which are some of the best sides at this level of the game. Our biggest let down was lack of exposure but this tournament helped us to learn things that we could not have outside game time.”

Chawaguta said the team would have to work hard on fitness as some of the players, despite exhibiting talent and skill, did not have enough stamina to last the distance.