zimbabwe-cricket-team-500x341.jpgZimbabwe cricket team head coach Lalchand Rajput is positive the return of senior players will ensure the Chevrons are competitive in tours of South Africa and Bangladesh.

Strides made in the revival of Zimbabwean cricket suffered a huge setback after succumbing to some humiliating defeats at the hands of Pakistan.

Weeks after Pakistan’s tour of the country, the Chevrons are back in camp preparing for tours to South Africa and Bangladesh.

Despite the heavy defeats to Pakistan, Rajput believes the return of senior players namely Brendan Taylor, Craig Ervine, and Graeme Cremer will ensure the Chevrons are more competitive.

“It is always good to have that balance between the younger players and the more experienced guys some of whom were not there when we played in the tri-series with Pakistan and Australia. To have them back is a great thing that I feel should boost the team as we gear up for Bangladesh and South Africa,” said Rajput.

With the team assembling for camp early, Rajput believes thorough preparations will be vital.

“It is good to be beginning our preparations very early. This is the area that I feel is key for us. We need to work on our fitness as well as skill such that when we play South Africa and Bangladesh we are in a position to compete and show what we are really made of,” Rajput added.

Zimbabwean will tour South Africa in September and clash against the Proteas in 3 ODIs and 3 T-20 encounters.

The Chevrons will then head to Bangladesh thereafter for encounters scheduled for October.