Test Cricket Tours - Zimbabwe to Sri Lanka 2001-02
Tour ofSri Lanka
2001-02Captain: Stuart Carlisle
Zimbabwe’s fifteenth Test
Third Test-playing tour ofSri Lanka
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.
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.
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
bowling line-up, aided by some glaring umpiring errors. There followed two more heavy defeats to Sri Lanka.
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.
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
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
A) were added to bring the Test squad back up to fifteen.
Time between selection and departure
not applicable here
squad arrived from Bangladesh
flying in to Bandaranaike International Airport,
the morning of 29 November.
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.
mid-December, after treatment to his broken finger, Brian Murphy returned
rejoined the team in Sri
Lanka for the Test series, along with
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.
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
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.
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.