India will be touring Zimbabwe for a five-match T20I series that is slated to be played in July, as announced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The series will be taking place from July 6th to 14th in Harare. The communique came out after an extended deliberation between two boards (BCCI and Zimbabwe cricket) who shared the mutual objective of improving bilateral ties and providing more opportunities to their players.
Talking about the tour, BCCI secretary Jay Shah said, “The BCCI has always played a pioneering role in contributing to the global cricketing community. We understand that it is a period of rebuilding for Zimbabwe, and Zimbabwe Cricket needs our support at this juncture.”
He further added, “Our steadfast commitment to touring and supporting fellow member boards aligns with our principle of bringing about a positive transformation within the cricketing landscape. The BCCI will do its best to make bilateral cricket stronger and commercially more viable.”
He concluded by saying, “Our pledge to support Zimbabwe Cricket reflects a shared vision for the growth and prosperity of cricket on the international stage.”
Echoing the sentiments of Jay Shah, Zimbabwe Cricket chairman, Mr. Tavengwa Mukuhlani said, “We are absolutely thrilled to be hosting India for a T20I series in July in what will be our biggest international attraction at home this year.”
He further added, “The game of cricket has always immensely benefited from India’s influence and dedication to the sport, and I would like to say a huge thank you to the BCCI for committing to tour Zimbabwe once again.”
Mukuhlani concluded by saying, “The significance and magnitude of this tour cannot be over-emphasised, especially as it is coming at a time we are working round the clock to re-establish ourselves as a force to reckon with at the highest level of the game.”
Zimbabwe have hosted India in 7 T20Is, 5 of which have won by the Men in Blue while the hosts have pocketed two wins. The last bilateral between the two countries was back in 2016, a series from which India clinched a 2-0 T20I series win.
Full schedule of India vs Zimbabwe:
Saturday, July 6: IND vs ZIM 1st T20I, Harare Sports Club; 4:30 PM IST
Sunday, July 7: IND vs ZIM 2nd T20I, Harare Sports Club; 4:30 PM IST onwards
Wednesday, July 10: IND vs ZIM 3rd T20I, Harare Sports Club; 9:30 PM IST
Saturday, July 13: IND vs ZIM 4th T20I, Harare Sports Club; 4:30 PM IST
Sunday, July 14: IND vs ZIM 5th T20I, Harare Sports Club; 4:30 PM IST