Waller laments weak Zim attack

HARARE – Zimbabwe cricket coach Andy Waller has lamented the loss of strike bowler Kyle Jarvis and first-choice spinner Graeme Cremer ahead of the first Test against Pakistan, which begins at Harare Sports Club Tuesday morning.

Twenty four year-old Jarvis quit international cricket last month following the Zimbabwe players’ payment dispute with the board before signing for English county side Lancashire while leg-spinner Cremer, 26, is understood to be protesting against the outstanding dues.

“I think the main concern that I have at the moment is probably on the bowling side, how we are gonna get 20 wickets,” said Waller on Monday.

“I’m not saying our bowlers aren’t good. Having lost someone like Jarvis, who could bowl with a bit of pace and swing the ball, there was always a chance of getting wickets and losing someone like Cremer, who is a quality leg spin bowler, and to be honest that is one of my concerns at the moment but I still believe that our bowlers can go out and do the job.”

The tourists currently sit on fourth position on the Reliance ICC Test rankings while Zimbabwe, with 183 points and a rating of 23 in Test cricket, have played insufficient number of games to be ranked.

Waller reckons chances of beating Pakistan in the two-Test match series were high due to the different pitch conditions in Harare and Bulawayo.

“I think Bulawayo would be difficult because it is a batting paradise and we know the quality of the Pakistan batting,” he said.

“So we gonna have to do something exceptional to be able to beat them down there and get the 20 wickets and if at all we are gonna beat them it’s gonna be in Harare.”

Meanwhile, Cremer confirmed on Monday that he will only avail himself when ZC pays his dues.

“I have decided to take a back suit because of the monetary issues and stuff and haven’t heard anything from ZC, only getting updates from the other guys,” he said.

“I’m just want to get paid all the outstanding balances because there’s been lots of promises but without anything coming through and my return obviously depends on these issues being settled together with the new contracts.”

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