Zim to assess everyone ahead of World T20

HARARE - Zimbabwe's leading Twenty20 performers, Hamilton Masakadza and Prosper Utseya, will be rested for today's practice match against Bangladesh Select in Chittagong as the African side look to assess other squad players ahead of the upcoming ICC World Twenty20.

Top order batsman Masakadza is currently ranked 10th on the ICC Reliance list with a rating of 672 while off-spinner Utseya, with a rating of 659, is joint on seventh place with South Africa seamer Lonwabo Tsotsobe on the bowling rankings.

"Tomorrow (today) Hami and Pro will sit out in order to test the preparedness of the other players because it's key that every player contributes in performances if we are to clear the first hurdle of qualifiers," assistant coach Steve Mangongo told the Daily News from Bangladesh yesterday.

"Basically, these two are consistent performers in T20 cricket and they set the tone for the team so it's vital that their team mates get up to speed such that as in when they cold the whole team won't sneeze and therefore we emphasising the responsibilities of teammates to up their game too."

This will be the team's second practice match, having won their first by 11 runs against Bangladesh Cricket Board XI in Dhaka on Sunday. The locals will engage Hong Kong and Afghanistan in their two ICC arranged warm-up matches tomorrow and Friday.

Zimbabwe posted 171-5 in their allotted 20 overs before BCB X1 were restricted to 160-8.

"It was a good win, BCB had five national team players in their squad, Hammy and Raza attacked upfront and in six overs we got 52. (Pace bowler Tendai) Chatara on the other hand was unplayable with four wickets for 20 runs and it's a great start to the games," he added.

Zimbabwe then travelled from Dhaka to Chittagong after the match and held their first session yesterday morning.

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