Indian, Sri Lankan cricket teams in Zimbabwe for tri-nations series

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The Indian and Sri Lankan cricket teams have arrived in Zimbabwe for the tri-nations series set to begin in Bulawayo on Friday.

The Herald quoted India's coach Gary Kirsten on Thursday as saying that his team of mostly young players was ready for the two-week battle despite the absence of most senior and experienced players such as Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra and Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

"It was very important that the senior players be rested because they have been on the road for the past nine months," he said.

He said his team had made thorough preparations for the tour where, however, the absence of slow pitches may prove a challenge to them.

Sri Lanka also brought a youthful side and vowed to win the series.

"We are looking forward to a good series and we have brought along a squad dominated by young players," Captain Tillakaratne Dilshan said.

He said they respected India and Zimbabwe because they were good teams.

"India played well in the World Cup and so did Zimbabwe. We will not underrate Zimbabwe at all," he added.

Source:Xinhua

(Editor:intern1)

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