July 16, 2009


Zimbabwe prepare to host Afghanistan

Martin Williamson

Afghanistan's first foray into the world of international cricket following the ICC World Cup Qualifiers could happen as soon as the end of July.

Zimbabwe Cricket has confirmed that it is looking at possibly staging its opening four-day match in the 2009-10 Intercontinental Cup at home to Afghanistan on July 30.

Zimbabwe, who will be fielding an A team in the competition, albeit not under that name, will then host a match against Kenya at the start of October.


Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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Posted by Vikram Maingi on (July 21, 2009, 11:38 GMT)

For limited over games, Zimbabwe should field their main side. This will give the Associates a good opportunity to improve their game. May be Cricket Zimbabwe is not confident of their own capabilities, that's why they have decided to play a second side.

Posted by Ab. Basir Ahmadi on (July 18, 2009, 11:53 GMT)

it is great news to hear about this four day match but it would be more better if Afghanistan play Zimbabwe for few ODI's as well, because it will be real test for Afghani team to fight with such a team, second Afghanistan is far away from Zimbabwe and it is not fair that Afghani team travel only for one four day match till there, so i hope that both boards think about it.

with best regards,

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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