New Delhi: Performance in the Twenty20 World Cup will define the future of cricket in Zimbabwe, according to its new coach Alan Butcher.
The 56-year-old Englishman signed a three-year-contract on April 1 and faces the ominous task of rebuilding Zimbabwe cricket after years of turmoil that saw them even lose out on a Test status. Now they mark a return to international competitive cricket in all its might. Zimbabwe have been clubbed with Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Group B of the T20 World Cup that begins in the West Indies on April 30.
"The next two months will define what happens in Zimbabwe over the next three years. After the next two months, I'm going to come back to myself - and the players must also come back to themselves - and analyze the progress made," Butcher was reported to have said.
The coach said the team will start as "underdogs, but on our day if we perform exceptionally and they have an off day, it doesn't mean we won't take those opportunities."
Zimbabwe missed the T20 World Cup in England last year after the British government said it would not issue the team visas on political and moral grounds.