‘We have to qualify’, says Brendan Taylor

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Zimbabwe have not played any international cricket since September

Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor has announced that the national team have to get past the qualifying stage of the World Twenty20 so that they can play against the top-ranked sides in the world.

Taylor still remembers his match-winning knock of 60 when Zimbabwe upset Australia by five wickets in the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007.

“We have to qualify,” Taylor said. “We are not taking any team lightly. As (Hong Kong captain) Jamie Atkinson said, the gap between associates and affiliates is reducing and it’s good to see world cricket developing. It can be anyone’s game on the day.”

Despite not having played any international cricket since September due to player strikes, Taylor admitted that he was pleased with Zimbabwe’s preparation for the tournament.

“Our preparation has been excellent and we are looking forward to the challenge,” he said.

Taylor is also hoping that Zimbabwe can benefit from the fact that they have played in Bangladesh on numerous occasions.

“We’ve been here a number of times, so we are familiar with the conditions,” he said. “It still takes a bit of getting used to, especially from where we come from but we had a good start with a good win over Bangladesh A. They had some good players in there so hopefully we can take some momentum from there.”

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