The Zimbabwe batsman Wesley Madhevere has said that it is a great opportunity for the youngsters in the team to step up and prove their credentials against Afghanistan in the two-match test series. The series will be held in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates starting on Tuesday followed by a three-match T20 series. A lot of experienced hands including the likes of Brendan Taylor, Craig Ervine will be missing for Zimbabwe.
Seamer Kyle Jarvis will also miss the test series due to illness while pacer Tendai Chatara is injured. Wesley Madhevere who made his debut last year for Zimbabwe in the white ball looks like a good prospect for the future and is relatively young. He has already scored three fifties in his limited-overs career of 11 games and is in line to make his test debut in the Afghanistan series.
Wesley Madhevere Sees The Positive Side Of Seniors Missing
Wesley Madhevere admitted that they will be missing the senior players in the team and it will be a disadvantage for them. He added that it might be the best opportunity for the youngsters to establish themselves in the biggest stages and showcase their talent. It will be a great test for the new-look Zimbabwe side who will need to prove a point in the absence of the seniors.
“There are some senior players missing (and) it could be a disadvantage, but it presents an opportunity for the younger lads to learn and grow on the international stage,” Wesley Madhevere told Reuters ahead of the first Test.
“It’s going to take a lot for the younger generation to make a statement … (but) this is a perfect opportunity to better your game and showcase your talent,” he added.
Wesley Madhevere’s Excellent Start To His International Career
Wesley Madhevere managed to complete two successive half-centuries in the series against Pakistan and showed a lot of composure needed at the international level. He wanted to make sure that he fulfills the expectations on him now from the dressing room after his excellent exhibition in the limited-overs format. Meanwhile, Zimbabwe will be looking to take advantage of Rashid Khan missing out on the first test due to a finger injury.
“I know there’s a lot of expectation just from what I’ve done in the shorter versions, but I’m going to use that as my motivation to keep on doing well.
“He’s(Rashid) probably one of the best leg-spinners in the world. We’ve all seen the impact he’s had over a couple of years. If we just follow our process I feel we will be able to tackle the challenges,” Wesley Madhevere added.