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Beating Zimbabwe, a realistic target: Canada skipper

Canadian skipper Ashish Bagai said that his team's upcoming fixture against Zimbabwe might represent the best opportunity to register, what will be, the associate nation's second win across four World Cups.

Canada and Zimbabwe suffered big defeats in their opening encounters, the former going down to Sri Lanka by 220 runs and the latter to Australia by 91.

The spinners will play a crucial role when Canada plays Zimbabwe in Nagpur on February 28, said Bagai, interacting with the media after a training session at the M.A. Chidambaram stadium on Thursday.

“Beating Zimbabwe is a realistic target we had set for ourselves before the World cup. It will be a contest of the spinners as both of us rely heavily on them. We have a diverse attack though we don't have express bowlers. Importantly, we know our limitations. Having said that, we have some good batsmen and if they can get a few runs under their belt, we can beat Zimbabwe,” he said.

With expatriates from India, Sri Lanka, Jamaica and other countries regularly finding their way into the national side, Bagai said the situation would change only if Canada receives greater exposure at the international level.

“Earlier, our teams comprised players who were brought up elsewhere but migrated to Canada for some reason or the other. But this side has a bunch of youngsters produced by our system. This is a positive sign, but their development depends on the exposure they get. Unfortunately, that is limited,” said the skipper.

When the discussion meandered inevitably to ICC's decision to restrict participation in the 2011 edition to just the top ten teams, Bagai said the current World Cup would provide the ideal opportunity for the associate teams to persuade the ICC to re-think the idea.

Bagai said: “We are not thinking too much about, and want to focus on the present. As far as the process goes, the ICC is still unclear and has not made a concrete decision. So we have to wait and watch. It would be disappointing for the associate countries, which are trying to improve their game. Maybe, after six weeks we can prove them wrong.”

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