Namibia to host Zimbabwe in a T20I cricket series for the first time on home soil

Zimbabwe will tour Namibia for a five-match T20I series against Namibia at the end of the month

Windhoek – Namibia’s cricket governing body revealed on Tuesday that its men’s national team will host Zimbabwe for the first time in a five-match T20 International (T20I) series from October 24 to 30 in Windhoek.

The matches will be played on October 24, 25, 27, 29 and 30. All matches start at 2pm.

Zimbabwe will be out to prove a big point after the Namibians sealed an upset 3-2 series win over the Chevrons at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo in May 2022.

Zimbabwe’s shock series defeat to Namibia and the subsequent heavy loss to Afghanistan at home resulted in the sacking of Lalchand Rajput as coach.

The Indian was replaced by former Zimbabwe captain Dave Houghton, who immediately revived the fortunes of the side despite the team’s failure to qualify for the ongoing World Cup.

Namibia players celebrate their historic T20 series win against Zimbabwe at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo in May last year

The upcoming series is more than just a clash between the two countries, as it will be used as a platform for both teams to prepare for the T20 World Cup Africa qualifiers which will be played in Namibia next month.

Said Cricket Namibia’s marketing head, Natalia Nauyoma: “The series will be a sneak peek for both teams in preparation for the qualifiers in November.”

Seven teams are hunting for the two African qualifying spots for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2024.

Joining Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Uganda at the regional final are four teams from across the two sub-regional qualifiers – Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Nigeria.

In November, the teams will meet in Namibia to decide the pair of sides off to the United States and the West Indies in 2024.


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