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Zimbabwe can surprise any side: Kevin

The coach says though his team has entered the tournament as "underdogs," yet it has the potential to topple strong teams.

india Updated: Oct 09, 2006 14:19 IST

Zimbabwe have the ability to surprise any opponent and would be looking to win atleast one of the two qualifying matches of the ICC Champions Trophy.

Kevin said though Zimbabwe were going into tournament as "underdogs," his young team had enough firepower to topple either Sri Lanka or West Indies to stay in the hunt.

"Sometimes it is not bad thing to go into a tournament as underdogs," Curran told reporters after his side won a warm-up match before the Champions Trophy against GCA XI.

"To have a realistic chance (in the qualifying stage of the Champions Trophy) we need to win one of the qualifiers against West Indies and Sri Lanka," he said.

Kevin said the young Zimbabwean side had recently beaten Bangladesh and his team was looking up for its first challenge in Champions Trophy against West Indies on October 8.

"The West Indies are a close-knit side with some classy players. Pretty tough for us... But we are looking forward to the challenge," Kevin said.

"We know it is tough playing both West Indies and Sri Lanka. They are pretty good sides and can certainly go all the way (to win the ICC Champions trophy)," he added.

However, Kevin said his young team had the ability to turn any match around on a given day.

"Both West Indies and Sri Lanka know what we can do... and should we get all the three departments (bowling, fielding and batting) right on a given day who knows what can happen," the coach said.

First Published: Oct 06, 2006 11:18 IST