Zimbabwe's Hamilton Masakadza focuses on the cricket tournament after the ban

DHAKA: Zimbabwe Cricket captain Hamilton Masakadza He said Thursday that his team focused on the next Twenty20 three-nation tournament in Bangladesh, despite being suspended by the world governing body.

the International Cricket Council (ICC) suspended Zimbabwe in July over a failure to keep the sport free from government interference, putting the Cricket ing future of the country under a cloud.

Pero la prohibición solo es efectiva en eventos organizados por la CPI, lo que permite que el equipo participe en el torneo de Bangladesh que comenzará el viernes, presentando a the anfitriones y Afganistán.

"Obviously a lot of things happened. That's all behind the scenes. At the end of the day as Cricket ers, our job is to... play the best Cricket on the field," Masakadza told reporters in Dhaka.

" the first and main thing for players is to concentrate on Cricket and then put our best foot forward going out and do your job for your country tomorrow."

Zimbabwe will face Bangladesh in the opening match at Dhaka Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Friday.

Masakadza -- who will retire from international Cricket after the tournament -- said his team were going into the games with a lot of confidence, having done well in Bangladesh in the past.

"Obviously, both the teams are very strong. Afghanistan have been playing very good Twenty20 Cricket and Bangladesh being at home," he said.

"Though I know the both sides are very strong, we have a lot of successes in Twenty20 Cricket here. So I don't think we are far behind them at all."

Zimbabwe's confidence increased even more after Wednesday's seven wicket victory in a preparation match against some of Bangladesh's Twenty20 team.

Sin embargo, Masakadza dijo que sabía muy bien que the partidos en el futuro serían más desafiantes.

Zimbabwe will face Afghanistan in their second match of the tournament on Saturday.