India to tour Zimbabwe five-match T20I series after ICC T20 World Cup 2024
Zimbabwe will host India for a five-match T20I series in July 2024.
Zimbabwe will host India for a five-match Twenty20 International series in July 2024, Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) announced on Tuesday. The series will be contested in Harare from July 6 to 14, exactly a week after the completion of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 in the West Indies and the United States, with the final taking place in Bridgetown on June 29.
India last toured Zimbabwe for three ODIs in August 2022, winning it 3-0. Since then, the two sides have only played once, at the T20 World Cup in Australia later that year. Zimbabwe have played India in eight T20Is so far, winning two of them.
However, Zimbabwe did not qualify for the T20 World Cup this year, even though up to 20 nations are participating for the first time. Before that, they failed to qualify for the ODI World Cup in India last year, despite hosting the Qualifiers and losing to Scotland in the Super Six.
“We are thrilled to be hosting India for a T20I series in July in what will be our biggest international attraction at home this year. 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. The significance and magnitude of this tour cannot be over-emphasized, 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,” said ZC Chairman Mr. Tavengwa Mukuhlani in a statement.
Zimbabwe Cricket needs our support at this juncture: BCCI secretary Jay Shah
On the other hand, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah also said that the Indian board is doing its best to make bilateral cricket stronger and commercially more viable.
BCCI Honorary Secretary Mr 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. 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. Our pledge to support Zimbabwe Cricket reflects a shared vision for the growth and prosperity of cricket on the international stage.”
All the five T20Is will be played in Harare and four out of the five T20Is will be day games starting at 1 pm local time, with only the third T20I to begin at 6 pm.
Zimbabwe vs India 2024 Schedule: (All matches in Harare)
July 6: 1st T20IJuly 7: 2nd T20IJuly 10: 3rd T20IJuly 13: 4th T20IJuly 14: 5th T20I
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