Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has confirmed their national cricket team’s tour of Zimbabwe for a limited-overs series later next month, confirming a hectic winter schedule of international cricket for the southern African country which begins with the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Global Qualifier B.
According to reports, the Asian team is expected to leave on July 22 for the tour comprising of three ODIs and as many T20Is..
They will also play a warm-up One-day game on July 25, followed by the ODI matches on July 28, 30 and August 1.
The three T20Is will be played on August 4, 6 and 8 respectively, and all matches will be hosted in Harare.
Bangladesh are currently on the West Indies tour and will be playing the third T20I of the three-match series in Providence, Guyana, on July 7. The subsequent three-match ODI series of the tour will commence on July 10 and end on July 16.
Bangladesh will come to Zimbabwe without their star cricketer Shakib Al Hasan.
“I met with the selectors unofficially to discuss the upcoming Zimbabwe tour,” Jalal Yunus, Bangladesh Cricket Board’s cricket operations committee chairman said.
“We will play three ODIs and as many T20I matches during the tour. As the ODI series won’t be part of ICC Cricket World Cup Super League, we advised the senior players that they can choose to take a break.
“However, only Shakib [Al Hasan] informed us he will not be available for the [Zimbabwe] trip.”
Yunus also confirmed Shakib’s unavailability in the three-match ODI series against the West Indies, starting from July 10 in Guyana.
“As all the players, who are now playing in the West Indies, are available for the Zimbabwe trip, the selectors will now form the squad within a very short time.
“Although there is no issue of Super League points, we still have to win the series and that’s why we want to send a full-strength side [to Zimbabwe],” Yunus added further.
The Zimbabwe cricket team is currently preparing for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Global Qualifier B scheduled for Bulawayo Athletic Club and Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo from July 11-17.
However, they will have very little time to regroup afterwards, with the Bangladesh national side set to make a return to the country exactly a year after whitewashing the hosts in the ODI series and winning the Twenty20 International series 2-1.