The Indian men’s cricket team is set to travel to Zimbabwe for a three-match ODI series. The games will be a part of the ICC One Day Super League and are provisionally scheduled to be played from August 18 to 22.
Rohit Sharma-led Indian team is currently in England for three T20I and as many ODI games. On the other hand, the Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan will be leading another Indian squad in the Caribbean, for three one-dayers and five T20 Internationals. The series will take off on July 22 with an ODI in Trinidad.
The BCCI is expected to do the same for the Zimbabwe tour as a team comprised of the seniors will be focusing on the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka, which will be underway from August 27.
The Indian players are anticipated to land in Harare on August 15 and play all three games in the same city. This is going to be India’s first visit to the country in six years. The Zimbabwe team meanwhile, will be eying on qualification for the next ODI World Cup with a few crucial points against India.
“The series is very good for Zimbabwe cricket” – Lalchand Rajput
Besides, former Zimbabwe head coach and the current technical director Lalchand Rajput recently opened up about the influence of India’s visit to the country. He said that the tour will impact the younger generation to take up the sport. Moreover, Rajput added that it’s a big opportunity for players and the cricketing fraternity of Zimbabwe, to play against India.
“It’s a big opportunity for the players to play against the Indian players and for the cricketing fraternity in Zimbabwe. It will create a lot of interest amongst the younger generation to take up this game. Overall, the series is very good for Zimbabwe cricket,” said Rajput.
Moreover, a Zimbabwe cricket official, via Cricbuzz, said, “We are absolutely delighted to host India and we look forward to a competitive and memorable series.”
Written by Prachi Pisal