Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has announced a jam-packed schedule for its men’s and women’s sides, having received approval to undertake home and away tours from the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, through the Sports and Recreation Commission.
The bumper programme is headlined by the Zimbabwe senior men’s team’s tour to Ireland for three one-day international (ODI) matches and five Twenty20 international (T20I) games.
That tour will get underway with the two sides facing off in the T20Is scheduled for 27 and 29 August at Clontarf and 1, 2 and 4 September at Bready.
Zimbabwe and Ireland will then lock horns at Stormont on 8, 10 and 13 September in the three-match ODI series that is part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League.
From there, Zimbabwe will proceed to Edinburgh for three T20Is against Scotland on 15, 17 and 19 September.
Back home, the Zimbabwe senior women’s team will be entertaining Thailand at Takashinga in Harare.
The ladies will first clash in four one-day matches planned for 18, 20, 22 and 24 August, before they meet in three T20Is set for 27, 29 and 30 August.
Soon after the completion of the series against Thailand, the Zimbabwe women’s team will then leave for Botswana to participate in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Africa Qualifier scheduled for 7-20 September.
In the meantime, ZC, determined to widen its pool of players and to expose as many of them as possible to international cricket, has sent a Zimbabwe Emerging men’s team to Namibia for three T20 matches and as many one-day games.
The T20s between Zimbabwe Emerging and Namibia Eagles are scheduled for 14, 15 and 16 August, followed by the 50-over matches on 18, 20 and 22 August – all matches will be played in Windhoek.