Test Cricket Tours - Zimbabwe to Sri Lanka 2001-02
Tour ofSri Lanka 2001-02Captain: Stuart Carlisle
Zimbabwe’s fifteenth Test tour
Third Test-playing tour ofSri Lanka by Zimbabwe
- January 2002)
Note:The tours of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in 2001-02 ran consecutively and are really a single tour but, to allow greater detail, are described here as two separate tours.
Stuart Carlisle retained the captaincy after Brian Murphy rejoined the team in Sri Lanka. Murphy was then injured on the hand yet again and had to go back home for treatment.
The tour started with a tri-series against West Indies and Sri Lanka.The side managed a fine victory against West Indies but not before a calamitous defeat to Sri Lanka when they were bowled out for 38, the lowest ever one-day international score.
Zimbabwe sank to an innings defeat in the First Test, with Sri Lanka launching a powerful batting assault against an innocuous Zimbabwe bowling line-up, aided by some glaring umpiring errors. There followed two more heavy defeats to Sri Lanka.
Anxieties over the current political situation in Zimbabwe may have affected the players but none except Streak and Andy Flower showed the mental application needed in the tough conditions.
Without Murphy, the loss of a specialist spinner was especially keenly felt, and part-time bowlers had to fill in.Losing the experience of Campbell, Whittall and Strang who were ruled out for poor form, and to an extent as a policy of introducing a quota of more black players, was a further disadvantage.
Ali Shah (convenor of selectors),Iain Butchart, Maqsood Ebrahim, Dave Houghton, Stephen Mangongo and Terry Nicolle.
Tour Party Announced :16 October 2001.
The team that arrived from Bangladesh for the one-day series included Mluleki Nkala (not intended to remain for the Test series) and Sean Ervine, who was soon forced to return home injured.Brian Murphy, resuming the captaincy, and Hamilton Masazadza (who had been in Kenya with Zimbabwe A) were added to bring the Test squad back up to fifteen.
Time between selection and departure from Zimbabwe
not applicable here
The Zimbabwe squad arrived from Bangladesh flying in to Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo, on the morning of 29 November.
After two one-day practice matches, the Sri Lankan Cricket Board kept dates in early December free of any cricket due to the parliamentary elections, so the Zimbabweans had a week for practice.
In mid-December, after treatment to his broken finger, Brian Murphy returned rejoined the team in Sri Lanka for the Test series, along with Hamilton Masaakadza.
Time spent in Sri Lanka
(29 November - 17 January)
On-tour selection panel
G J Rennie
Gavin Rennie was drafted into the squad for the Test series.
Brian Murphy rejoined the team for the Test series after treatment to his broken finger but dropped himself for the first Test as he had no virtually match practice behind him, so Carlisle resumed the captaincy.
Then Murphy sustained another hand injury and had to return home again for specialist treatment.No replacement was sought so Zimbabwe were handicapped by not having a specialist spinner on the tour.
The Sri Lankan Board rescheduled the tour dates because there would be no play during parliamentary elections, and then a government decree banned the playing of sports on Poya Days (a full moon on 30 December), which became a rest day in the first Test.