Zimbabwe confirm tour of India
Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) Wednesday confirmed that India would tour Zimbabwe for a limited overs tour including 3 ODIs and 2 T20Is. The Cricket Board has confirmed via Twitter that India will arrive on July 7. The ODIs will be played on July 10th, 12th and 14th and the two T20 games are scheduled to be played on 17 and 19.
India, which has been a hectic cricket series involving “against Sri Lanka and South Africa, will make the quick trip to Zimbabwe after their current assignment in Bangladesh. India last visited Zimbabwe in 2013 under the captaincy of Virat Kohli when they swept the series 5-0 five ODI matches.
“I can confirm that it is now a fait accompli. India arrive on July 7 and will leave on the 20th (and will) three ODIs and two T20,” president of Zimbabwe Cricket Committee, Alistair Campbell said. “The game schedule is nearing completion and should be published later this week. However, all matches will be played in Harare.”
Campbell also expressed joy at the prospect of welcoming New Zealand barely a week after the series in India. The Black Caps are scheduled to play three sets of three ODIs and a solitary T20I. Pakistan are then expected to reciprocate the gesture of Zimbabwe to play the historical series in Pakistan earlier this year.
“We are very pleased that India are coming and that New Zealand come just a week after the start of India,” said Campbell NewsDay Sport. “There is also Pakistan coming in August as part of the benefits to our tour there recently and it is another round by West Indies in the pipeline.”
Head coach Dav Whatmore too expressed his joy at the prospect of an eventful winter of cricket ODI which should boost Zimbabwe’s bid to return to the top-8 in the ODI rankings. This would allow them to avoid passing through a qualifying tournament for the prospective 10 teams to 50 on the World Cup.
“The only way we can improve is by competition,” Whatmore said. “I am pleased that we have a good number of games lined up, like every full member. Then there is India and we will be looking to continue to improve.”