Zimbabwe Men’s tour of Ireland for Ireland vs Zimbabwe white-ball series, which was set to start on August 6, has been rescheduled. Ireland Cricket made an official announcement on Thursday.
“Following the latest advice for the conditions around which scheduled matches may proceed in Northern Ireland – most notably the stipulations of health authorities around quarantining requirements of the incoming Zimbabwean squad – Cricket Ireland has today confirmed that the Zimbabwe Men’s tour to Ireland will need to be rescheduled,” Cricket Ireland Chief Executive Warren Deutrom said.
“We recognise that with Zimbabwe being on the UK Red List, but a Category 2 country in the Republic of Ireland classification, approval for the series was always conditional upon the evolving advice of the government.
“This is a complicated process involving multiple stakeholders, and we are working closely with Sport Ireland, Sport NI, as well as health and sporting bodies in both jurisdictions to arrive at a new programme that will meet the requirements of both jurisdictions as quickly as possible.”
The two teams are to lock horns in a three-match ODI series, followed by a five-match T20I series. The series was initially set to begin with the first ODI on August 6, followed by the next two ODIs on August 8 & August 11, respectively.
Although the new dates haven’t been decided yet, Deutrom further informed that Ireland vs Zimbabwe series will take place in the August-September window. The series was initially set to be held in Stormont, which was to host all the games of the ODI series and the Bready Cricket Ground situated in Northern Ireland, which was to host the T20I series. However, with the change of the dates, the venues are also likely to be changed.
Zimbabwe Men’s team is currently on their Bangladesh tour. They are playing their ongoing T20I series, the opening match of which took place on Thursday at the Harare Sports Club. The hosts won the game by 8 wickets taking a 1-0 lead in the series.
Brief Scores: Zimbabwe– 152/10 in 19 overs (Chakavba 43, Myers 35, Madhevere 23; Mustafizur 3/31, Shoriful 2/17, Saifuddin 2/23); Bangladesh– 153/2 in 18.5 overs (Naim Sheikh 63, Soymya 50, Sohan 16*)