Cricket team confronts spin demons

The Zimbabwe national cricket team is priming itself to confront its spin troubles after organising a spin cam ahead of their tour to the sub-continent next month.

Staff Writer

The camp will be held at the Harare Sports Club between October 6-9 and Zimbabwe Cricket has already engaged South African coach Justin Summons to help them pin point their problems.

Bangladesh will look to use the spin weapon to good effect against a Zimbabwe side that generally struggles against spin bowling.

Already some of the senior national team batsmen in Vusi Sibanda, Tino Mawoyo and Mark Vermulen have struggled in sub-continental conditions while representing Zimbabwe A against Bangladesh A, and this might have triggered panic among fans.

National team coach Steve Mangongo said his team is working on sorting out the problem ahead of the tour.

“Generally we have struggled against spin and we have to improve ahead of this tour,” said Mangongo. “We are leaving no stone unturned in trying to bat better against spin and that’s why we have organised a spin camp and hired a specialist in that area.”

After their spin camp the team is set for a trip to Chiredzi where they hope low-veld conditions will help prepare them for conditions in Bangladesh where temperatures go over 40 degrees Celsius.

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