Taylor shift focus to Pakistan

HARARE - Zimbabwe cricket captain Brendan Taylor says he wants to forget his side's series whitewash defeat to India "as quickly as possible" and turn his attention to the upcoming tour by Pakistan.

Pakistan are scheduled to arrive in the country on August 19 for a month-long tour. The full tour will comprise of two Twenty20 Internationals, three One Day Internationals and two Test matches.

“We didn’t put up a convincing performance against India, we were clearly below our best,” Taylor told the Daily News yesterday.

“It’s a series I would want to forget as quickly as possible. There are lots of positives we learnt from the champions and hopefully we will improve against Pakistan.”

The Zimbabwean skipper’s poor form also weighed down heavily on his team’s demise in the 5-0 ODI whitewash defeat to the world 50-over champions, and Taylor was ready to take the flak for dismal performance. 

“Personally, I let the team down, I didn’t score much runs,” said the Zimbabwe kingpin.

“It was disappointing, having put in a lot of hard work in practice with (batting coach) Grant Flower.  I didn’t stick to what has worked well for me in the past and I feel if I do that, success is not too far. I’m always positive about my game and look forward to the full series against Pakistan.”

Meanwhile, ESPNcricinfo reports that the dates for Pakistan's full tour of Zimbabwe have finally been announced little more than two weeks before the first match. Pakistan will play two Tests, three ODIs and two Twenty20s in a tour that begins on August 23 and ends on September 14.

All the limited-overs matches and the first Test will be played in Harare, while the second Test will be held in Bulawayo.

The series was originally supposed to take place last December but was postponed as it clashed with Pakistan's tour of India after the two countries decided to resume bilateral cricketing relations.

A space opened up in the schedule for the tour to Zimbabwe as Pakistan and West Indies were unable to find a window for playing Tests against each other, and pared down their series to a bunch of ODIs and Twenty20s.

It continues a busy home season for Zimbabwe, who have already hosted Bangladesh and India in the past three months.

FIXTURES

Aug 23 - first T20, Harare

Aug 24 - second T20, Harare

Aug 27 - first ODI, Harare

Aug 29 - second ODI, Harare

Aug 31 - third ODI, Harare

Sep 3-7 - first Test, Harare

Sep 10-14 - second Test, Bulawayo

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