The Chevrons have set out to put the 2019 World Cup disappointment behind them as they play hosts to Australia and Pakistan in a T20 tri-series encounter due three months from now.
By SportBrief Reporter
Zimbabwe Cricket has confirmed that Australia and Pakistan will play Zimbabwe in a Twenty20 International tri-series from July 1, with the entire tournament set to be held at the Harare Sports Club.
Pakistan will then stay on for bilateral ODI-leg of five matches to be staged at Bulawayo’s Queens Sports Club from July 13.
The Chevrons will be hoping for a strong showing as they are still reeling from heartbreak after missing out on the 2019 World Cup via a shock defeat to the United Arab Emirates in last month’s World Cup Qualifiers played in Zimbabwe.
The result was followed by a controversial purging of the Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) staff with coach Heath Streak and 12 other coaching staff members getting the sack.
While the tours had been under threat earlier due to Zimbabwe Cricket’s financial crisis, the ZC board have seemingly managed to resolve the issue following negotiations with the tournament broadcasters and sponsors.
“Following months of negotiations, we are pleased to confirm we will be hosting a T20I triangular series involving Australia and Pakistan, followed by an ODI series against Pakistan,” Zimbabwe Cricket Managing Director Faisal Hasnain said.
“Playing two of the game’s biggest teams will provide us with a very welcome litmus test as we forge ahead with our plans to develop a stronger Zimbabwe side capable of consistently competing and winning against the best,” he added.
Australia last toured Zimbabwe for an ODI tri-series in 2014, during which they lost a game to Zimbabwe after 31 years. South Africa eventually went on to win the tournament by beating Australia by 6 wickets with 55 balls to spare.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s last visit to Zimbabwe for a 2-match T20I and 3-match ODI series in 2015 ended in a thumping 2-0 victory for the Asian team in both formats.
Here is the T20 tri-series schedule:
Sunday, July 1: Zimbabwe vs Pakistan
Monday, July 2: Pakistan vs Australia
Tuesday, July 3: Australia vs Zimbabwe
Wednesday, July 4: Zimbabwe vs Pakistan
Thursday, July 5: Pakistan vs Australia
Friday, July 6: Australia vs Zimbabwe
Sunday, July 8: Final
Zimbabwe-Pakistan ODI series
Friday, 13 July 2018: First ODI
Monday, 16 July 2018: Second ODI
Wednesday, 18 July 2018: Third ODI
Friday, 20 July 2018: Fourth ODI
Sunday, 22 July 2018: Fifth ODI