Ireland news September 11, 2015

Ireland to tour Zimbabwe for three ODIs

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ireland defeated Zimbabwe by five runs in their most recent encounter in the World Cup © AFP

Ireland have confirmed they will tour Zimbabwe for a three-match ODI series in October. They will also play a four-day game against Zimbabwe A before travelling to Windhoek for their Intercontinental Cup fixture against Namibia starting on October 24. Harare will host all the matches.

"It's great to be playing what should be a really competitive series," Ireland head coach John Bracewell said. "Ireland have enjoyed some really hard tussles with Zimbabwe over the years and I expect these games will be equally as tough.

"It'll be a test for the squad playing in different conditions, and it'll also serve as good preparation for when we travel on to Windhoek for the Intercontinental Cup clash with Namibia."

Ireland have played Zimbabwe only five times in ODIs since their first meeting at the 2007 World Cup ended in a tie. Their most recent encounter was in the World Cup where Ireland defeated Zimbabwe by five runs in Hobart.