When gentlemen’s game gets not so gentle!

29 Jul, 2022 - 00:07 0 Views
When gentlemen’s game gets not so gentle! Chevrons

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Fungai Muderere
RIGHT on the heels of their breath-taking performance at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier B tournament that will see Dave Houghton-mentored Chevrons soon pack their bags for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup to be held in Australia in October, Zimbabwe’s flagship cricket side will on Saturday engage in a home series against Bangladesh.

The tourists head to Zimbabwe following their mixed tour of the West Indies with the hosts set to face a number of world-class opponents in a packed itinerary.

Sikandar Raza

Bangladesh are coming to Zimbabwe for three T20 international games set for Saturday and Sunday and August 2 at Harare Sports Club. After that, the two sides will play One Day International (ODIs) matches scheduled for 5, 7 and 10 August also in the capital.  The visitors are coming from the Caribbean hot off a strong ODI series win, though were troubled in the shortest format, falling to a 2-0 series defeat.

Preparing for the T20 World Cup and striving for 2023 Cricket World Cup qualification, Sikandar Raza-inspired Zimbabwe will certainly be battle-hardened, also taking on India and Australia in the next two months after Bangladesh’s visit.

At the conclusion of Bangladesh’s tour, Zimbabwe will then play host to another Asian country, India for three ODIs to be played on 18, 20 and 22 August in Harare.

The series against the Indians is part of the ICC men’s Cricket World Cup Super League, a 13-team competition serving as the main route for direct qualification for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 to be staged in India.

But prior to their engagement in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup fiesta, Houghton and his charges will make the trip to Australia for another Super League series consisting of three ODIs scheduled for August 28-31 and September 3 in Townsville.

Blessing Muzarabani

However, for now Zimbabwe’s focus is firmly on Bangladesh, not only in terms of preparation, but to maintain strong rankings for both formats.

Zimbabwe sit on position 12 on the MRF ICC T20I Rankings, on the edges of potential automatic qualification 2024 T20 World Cup, and in 15th in the ODI format.

Meanwhile, Victor Nyauchi and Brad Evans have been called up to replace the injured duo of Tendai Chatara and Blessing Muzarabani. Muzarabani and Chatara are in the treatment room after they both picked injuries in the International Cricket Council T-20 World Cup qualifiers that were staged in Bulawayo.

Zimbabwe’s Schedule

Bangladesh Tour to Zimbabwe

First T-20 July 30, Second T-20 July 31, Third T-20 August 2

First ODI July 5, Second ODI July 7, Third ODI July 10

India Tour to Zimbabwe

First ODI July 18, Second ODI July 20, Third ODI August 22

Zimbabwe Tour to Australia

August 28: Riverway Stadium, Townsville, August 31: Riverway Stadium, Townsville, September 3: Riverway Stadium, Townsville

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