Zimbabwe and Afghanistan cricket boards agree to postpone limited overs series

Zimbabwe Cricket managing director Givemore Makoni

Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) and the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) have mutually agreed to postpone the limited-overs series that had been rescheduled to be played in Harare in early February.

The two nations were scheduled to clash in three One-Day International matches that are part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League and five Twenty20 International games.

Afghanistan’s tour of Zimbabwe was originally planned for December last year but had to be deferred to later dates at the request of the ACB.

The two nations were now scheduled to play each other next month, but in a statement on Friday ZC revealed the limited overs tour has been further delayed in a mutual agreement between the cricket boards.

“While the ACB eventually committed to play the series in February, unfortunately ZC could not secure, on short notice, all the required broadcast services, including the Decision Review System, due to the many cricket events happening elsewhere across the world. The two boards will announce the new dates in due course,” ZC said in a statement.

The local cricket board’s managing director said they are looking forward to rescheduling the tour to a later date.

“We were excited about hosting Afghanistan but, given the circumstances, deferring the tour was the only option,” ZC Managing Director Givemore Makoni said.

“We are, however, looking forward to the rescheduling of the series as soon as practically possible,” he said.

The visit by Afghanistan was set to be Zimbabwe’s second international assignment this year after their tour of Sri Lanka early this month.

Zimbabwe lost the series 2-1, but managed to pick up 10 points that lifted them from the bottom of the table in the Super League, whose final outcome is important for the 2023 International Cricket Council World Cup qualification.

The Chevrons have 39 points, four behind South Africa in 10th position and 14 off the qualification spot.

Seven top-ranked nations will clinch automatic spots to the next World Cup, while the rest will be determined at another qualification tournament that will be hosted in Zimbabwe in June this year.


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