Test Cricket Tours - Zimbabwe to Bangladesh 2004-05
Tour ofBangladesh 2004-05 Captain: Tatenda Taibu
Zimbabwe’s 19th Test tour
Second Test-playing tour of Bangladesh by Zimbabwe
After nine months' suspension from Test cricket, the ICC restored Zimbabwe's Test status in January 2005, in time for this tour.
At BCCI's suggestion the team went to Madras for acclimatisation because the climate is similar to Dhaka's.Zimbabwe Cricket wanted the team to go to Kolkata but non-availability of a ground there forced it to choose Visakhapatnam.
Coach Phil Simmons was lambasted by Richie Kaschula, a member of the national selection panel and a former national player, in the aftermath of the Test defeat. "Phil must be held responsible for what has been happening in Bangladesh," Kaschula said. "We, as selectors, are not happy with what has been happening. He was doing his own things in selecting the teams that played, ignoring some of the things we told him." Simmons was sacked the following August.
As well as becoming Bangladesh's first victims in Test cricket, Zimbabwe also lost the one-day series after winning the first two matches and then suffering three defeats in a row.
The touring party was very young and inexperienced. Seven of the tour party of sixteen were aged under 20 and the squad had an aggregate of 71 Test appearances.
Bangabandhu National Stadium, built in the 1950s, officially hosted its last cricket match with the fifth one-day international; the stadium would in future host football matches.
Maqsood Ebrahim (convenor of Selectors), Ethan Dube, Richie Kaschula.
Kaschula was the only full-time paid selector; Ebrahim and Dube were volunteers.
Unavailable:Heath Streak, Stuart Carlisle, Grant Flower, Craig Wishart, Andy Blignaut, Raymond Price, Gary Brent, Sean Ervine, Travis Friend, Barney Rogers, Trevor Gripper, Richard Sims, Charles Coventry, Gavin Ewing and Neil Ferreira.
Heath Streak resigned from the captaincy on 4 April 2004 because of a lack of confidence in the selectors and Tatenda Taibu was appointed.
Fifteen rebel white players demanded Streak’s reinstatement and issued an open letter with their grievances with the Zimbabwe Cricket Union. This led only to the premature ending to their international careers.They also claimed they were owed money and would not play for Zimbabwe until they were paid..
Rogers was later offered a contract by the Zimbabwe board, along with Gavin Ewing and wicket-keeper Charles Coventry, though these two were not selected for the Bangladesh tour.
Batsman Dion Ebrahim was serving a one-Test ban after showing dissent against an umpire's decision in the Test series against Sri Lanka in May 2004.
Tour Party Announced :8 December 2004.
Hamilton Masakadza was recalled after a two-year gap while he completed his studies at university.
Not selected : Alester Maregwede, Gavin Ewing and Blessing Mahwire.
WithdrawalVusi Sibanda took a place from Mark Vermeulen before the tour.
Time between selection and departure from Zimbabwe
(8 December -10 December)
The Zimbabwe team arrived in Chennai, India, on Sunday December 11 2004.
Attended an 16-day camp at Visakhapatnam from December 12 to 28 to get acclimatised to the conditions in the subcontinent by playing two three-day practice matches.
As the team could not catch a connecting flight from Chennai to Kolkata due to the recent tsunumi, the team left Visakhapatnam on Tuesday 28 December for Hyderabad by road, then flew to Mumbai to catch a flight to Dhaka.
The Zimbabwean team reached Dhaka at 5.30 am on the morning of 30 December, two days behind the scheduled arrival due to the tsunami that devastated large areas of south Asia.After a few hours stopover at Zia International Airport they flew to Chittagong the same day.
Time spent in India
(11 December - 29 December)
Time spent in Bangladesh
(30 December - 1 February)
There was a selector - Ethan Dube - with the side, but he returned home early and so left picking the sides to Phil Simmons.
Batsman Vusimuzi Sibanda was hit on the head by a ball during net practice before the first Test but quickly recovered.
Tawanda Mupariwa, 20, RFM, replaced Ed Rainsford who was injured before arrival in Dhaka
Terrance Duffin did not play a match on tour.
Andhra XI ¬
Vidarbha District CA XI ¬
BCB President's XI
LOST 226 r
Bangladesh (1st ODI)
Won 22 r
Bangladesh (2nd ODI)
Won 31 r
Bangladesh (3rd ODI)
Lost 40 r
Bangladesh (4th ODI)
Lost 58 r
Bangladesh (5th ODI)
Lost 8 w
¬SCORES* Zimbabwe 310 and 140 for six ; Andhra XI 225.
* VDCA XI 183 and 237 for five ; Zimbabwe 283.
� not first-class
Time spent in India and Bangladesh before First Test:
•Tatenda Taibu scored 92 in the first Test but could not prevent defeat atChittagong.
•Taibu scored 85 not out and 153 in the second Test. He and Taylor (78) shared a stand of exactly 150, scoring 80 % of the runs in the second innings and saving Zimbabwe from the position of 37-4.
•Hondo had figures of 6-59 in the first innings of the second Test at Dhaka.
•Barney Rogers, the left-handed opener, wastop-scorer with 251 runs in the ODI series, average 50.20
Other first-class matches
ϯ Minor matches
§ One-day internationals
Return to Zimbabwe
Cremer and Duffin were not required for the one-day series
After the ODI series defeat, the team immediately flew out of Zia International Airport, Dhaka, on 1 February 2005 to Mumbai and on to Zimbabwe.
Time away from Zimbabwe
(10 December to 3 February)
Accounts of the tour
Phil Simmons, Zimbabwe’s coach, came in for criticism by the selectors after Bangladesh won its first-ever Test series and also took the one-day series by 3 matches to 2.Simmons’ response was to accuse the players of becoming complacent after taking a two-nil lead in the series.