Zim's famous win timely - Campbell

HARARE - Former Zimbabwe captain Alistair Campbell hopes the shock three-wicket triangular series win over Australia on Sunday can encourage players to believe in themselves again

Zimbabwe’s win over the Aussies was the African side’s first in ODI cricket in 31 years and Campbell, who has served as the country’s convenor of selectors, reckons the minnows can build on their famous win.

“It has come as a good time, ahead of the World Cup, for players to believe they can play at the highest level and beat the best in the world,” Campbell told The Associated Press yesterday.

“I hope they finish the tournament well and go to Bangladesh on a high.”

Australia play South Africa today for the second time in the series before Zimbabwe take on the Proteas on Thursday in the Zimbabwean capital.

Campbell, who played 60 Tests and 188 ODIs for Zimbabwe, hopes the win over the world number one-ranked nation can help halt player exodus.

Zimbabwe has in recent times lost key players to premature international retirement, with pace spearhead Kyle Jarvis having walked out on the team at the height of player strife to join English County side Lancashire while leg-spinner Graeme Cremer quit cricket to pursue a golf career.

“It will encourage other players who were thinking of going to play elsewhere or join another sport to stay. It will give reinvigorate ambition to play cricket in Zimbabwe again.”

Meanwhile, the 41-year-old ex-skipper has been linked in the local media with the chief executive post at Zimbabwe Cricket, but Campbell declined to comment on the issue.

“There’s been lots of speculation what not, but I can tell you that nothing is happening at the moment. I’m sure if anything happens the media will be the first to know.”

Reports in Zimbabwe say the ZC needs a “technical person” to run the affairs of the organisation after criticism that the board was filled with people with no recognised cricket background.

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