Raza dubs Man-of-the-Series award the painful reminder of unfulfilled dreams




Zimbabwe's slender three-run defeat to UAE ended their chances of reaching the 2019 World Cup

Zimbabwe’s narrow three-run defeat to UAE ended their probabilities of attaining the 2019 International Cup © ICC

Zimbabwe’s senior professional Sikandar Raza completed the International Cup qualifier on a non-public prime – 319 runs at 53.17 and 15 wickets at 17.6. For the primary time since 1979, then again, Zimbabwe did not make it to the International Cup, and the Guy-of-the Sequence award on the match left a tragic after-taste for the highest performer.

“Indisputably, now not satisfied in any respect. I feel this [Man-of-the-Series] trophy will function a painful reminder of the desires that we had and we could not get it accomplished. This trophy will even function a reminder for the 15 million desires that we beaten,” Raza mentioned on Sunday (March 25).

“Once I began taking part in cricket, I believed it was once to unite nations, avid gamers of various background coming in combination to play this pretty game. Sadly, you can see that isn’t going to occur in subsequent yr’s International Cup. It is unquestionably moderately a difficult tablet to swallow.”

Zimbabwe received the entire ICC Trophy tournaments that enabled them to qualify for International Cups in 1983, 1987 and 1992, and because gaining Take a look at standing in July 1992, they have got had automated qualification into the mega match. The hosts have been thought to be to be one of the crucial most powerful contenders and have been anticipated to be within the most sensible two at the side of Windies. On the other hand, a tied recreation after which a loss to Windies made their final Tremendous Six fit in opposition to the UAE a the most important contest. A slender loss via 3 runs left them putting via the thread, sooner than Afghanistan usurped them with a win over Eire.

Raza shied clear of taking a look again at his performances and quite indulged in praising the opposite affiliate groups that could not make it to the 10-team match. “This trophy will even function a reminder of the onerous paintings that Peter Borren and his Dutch avid gamers, Kyle Coetzer and his Scottish avid gamers, Rohan Mustafa and his UAE avid gamers, and the entire different nations that got here and could not make it to the International Cup,” he discussed.

With ICC culling the collection of ODI groups to 16, two groups languishing on the backside of the issues desk on the finish of the event – PNG and Hong Kong – did not simply bow out but in addition relinquished their ODI standing.

On the other hand, Nepal’s elevation as an ODI workforce, got here thru as pleasant information to the Asian continent. “Sure there have been some excellent issues as neatly. Congratulations to Nepal and to have their ODI standing for the primary time however this trophy will even function a painful reminder that two of our brother nations misplaced their ODI standing as neatly, and I want them the perfect of success. No longer a lot to mention to be truthful, simply quite a lot of feelings. Only a painful reminder to be truthful.”

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