IMAGE: India last played Zimbabwe in the shortest format at the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup in Melbourne. Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images from the Rediff Archives
A second string Indian team will tour Zimbabwe for a five-match T20I series starting July 6, the country’s cricket board announced on Tuesday.
The series that will be held immediately after the conclusion of the marquee T20 World Cup in the USA and the West Indies on June 29, is unlikely to feature any top Indian players as it has been the case during previous tours of the African nation over the years.
The five matches will be held at the Harare Sports Club on, July 6, 7, 10, 13 and 14.
The confirmation of this tour comes after productive discussions between ZC and the BCCI, with the primary objective of fortifying bilateral ties and fostering a spirit of collaboration between the two cricketing boards.
A tour by the Indian team takes care of Zimbabwe’s entire year’s TV revenue.
This will be the fourth time Zimbabwe will host India in a bilateral T20I series, having previously faced off in 2010, 2015 and 2016 in this format.
The last T20I clash between the two teams was played at ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2022, with India securing a victory by 71 runs in Melbourne.
All matches will be played at Harare Sports Club, Harare.
First T20I – 6 July
Second T20I – 7 July
Third T20I – 10 July
Fourth T20I – 13 July
Fifth T20I – 14 July