Zimbabwe's first tour abroad as a Test nation was made to India.
India had just defeated England 3-0 in a Test series and it is hardly
surprising that Zimbabwe,
despite playing some good cricket, were comfortably beaten.
Zimbabwe had made only one previous visit to India, for
the 1987 World Cup. Yet once arrived, there was no time to get used to the
conditions, the first match being the solitary Test match.The highlight of the Test was the batting
of Andy and Grant Flower that marked them out as mainstays of the country's
batting for the next decade.
Zimbabwe also lost the three match one-day international
series that followed the Test matches.Finally, there was a forgettable performance against Kenya where a
visit was unnecessarily tacked onto the end of a demanding first overseas
Stephen Peall was dropped for disciplinary reasons on the day the team
departed and replaced by a similar bowler, Ujesh Ranchod. However, after
appearing in the first Test, Ranchod did not play in the ODI series.
was appointed manager on 17 February; his parents had migrated from Gujarat
Hampshire was appointed national team coach on 23 September 1992, on a
two-month contract for October's inaugural Test against India and the home matches against New Zealand.He was retained on a season-by-season basis,
and appointed coach for this tour on 17 February.
Bayford was appointed as physio from mid-February 1993 to mid-September.
Vince Hogg (convenor),Derrick
Townsend, David Lake,Chris Seager,Babu Meman.
squad returned from the Sharjah Cup tournament on Saturday 6 February in time
to play in Sunday club matches.
Tour Party Announced :25 February 1993.
Traicos was recalled 14-man
squad named for the Indian tour after
missing the Sharjah trip.
Not selected : Mark Burmester and Ujesh Ranchod were
dropped from the Sharjah squad and became non-travelling reserves.
Withdrawn:The decision to drop Stephen Peall at the last moment was taken by the
ZCU executive rather than the selectors; Peter Chingoka as President took
responsibility for the decision. Unconfirmed reports said that Peall annoyed
officials by being late for a practice session before the President’s Cup one-day
final at Harare Sports Club. So Ranchod was in the team and Paul Strang
became a reserve.
Time between selection announcement and
departure from Zimbabwe
(25 February-8 March)
team flew from Harare Airport on 8 March and into New Delhi on Tuesday 9 March 1993. They
dropped plans for a practice match at Karnail Singh Stadium and continued net
practice at Kotla II.