Williams delays Bangladesh departure

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ZIMBABWE Test captain Sean Williams has delayed his departure for Bangladesh to join his teammates as he is currently attending to his wife Chantelle and new-born daughter Charlotte.

Williams missed the once-off Test between the two teams last week as he was given time off to be next to his expecting wife.

The plan was for the all-rounder to join the team for the ODIs and T20 matches soon after the birth but they have had to adjust the dates again.

However, Charlotte developed an infection during the birth forcing doctors to keep both mother and child under observation.

“The little one has been OK, she’s got a few issues in the hospital; she had some bacterial blood infection so it’s been tough,” Williams told the Daily News.

“Her mom’s has been OK but we have been up and down, in and out and all over the place so it’s been extremely hectic but it’s nice to have them home. There are still a lot of tears and very little sleep at the moment. She’s on antibiotics; we have taken her back to the doctor and will see what the doctor says.”

The first ODI between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe is on tomorrow at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium with Williams unable to make it in time.

The second limited overs encounter is scheduled for next Tuesday with the final match set for next Friday before moving onto the T20s.

“I’m looking forward to getting across there (to Bangladesh). Preparation wise; I haven’t been able to do much obviously as I have been in hospital 24-7 for the last week almost so it’s been tough but I will make a plan, I will get there,” Williams said.

Without their captain, it was a difficult encounter for Zimbabwe as they lost the match by an innings and 106 runs.
Stand-in-skipper Craig Ervine led from the front with the bat scoring 107 runs and 43 runs in vain.

“In the Test match to be honest with you, I watched some bits and pieces of it because I was so busy in the hospital,” Williams said.

“I didn’t get much chance to actually sit down and watch but obviously the first innings was important for us especially at Mirpur. Having played there…the wicket will start to spin a lot. That was an extremely important part obviously Craig (Ervine) getting a hundred was fantastic for us.”

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