South Africa tour of Zimbabwe 2014-15 April 10, 2014

Zimbabwe to host SA, Australia in August

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South Africa will travel to Zimbabwe in August for a month-long tour that includes one Test as well as a triangular ODI series featuring Australia, who last played in Zimbabwe a decade ago.

The only Test will be played at the Harare Sports Club starting August 9, and will be followed by three ODIs in Bulwayo - which last hosted an international match against India in August 2013. The teams will then return back to Harare for the tri-series which is scheduled to begin on August 25.

Zimbabwe haven't played an international match at home since their historic win against Pakistan in the second Test in Harare last September. But since then, the country's cricket scene has been blighted by player strikes and administrative troubles which put a temporary halt on their domestic season. Zimbabwe Cricket had even called off a proposed visit by Sri Lanka last year due to a lack of funds.

Wilfred Mukondiwa, the managing director of Zimbabwe Cricket, was pleased that the tour was given the go-ahead, insisting that it would do a world of good for the team.

"We are really excited to have the opportunity to host two strong sides like Australia and South Africa at the same time," Mukondiwa said. "Our players need the high-level competition the two teams will provide, and our fans will enjoy watching the matches."

For South Africa, the tour will begin preparations for the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, as they play Australia, Sri Lanka and New Zealand away from home, before hosting West Indies in the lead-up to next year's showpiece event.

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  • Ammo666 on April 15, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    @Posted by on (April 11, 2014, 4:20 GMT) ZIM was much better than BD that was "once upon a time" but not anymore:) but it was especially when two flower brothers, heath streak, alaistair campell, Olonga & neil johnson used to play in this team, don't you know that or you don't want to face the truth anyway, you seems to be still enjoying those flash backs:D but hey its time for you to come to present & compare current ZIM with current BD team so now BD is much better than ZIM just have a look at BD's & ZIM's recent performance in between last few years you will get the best answer from there so come after that i don't need to say much about them...you talking about BD still of 14 years won't give you anything much & in this 14 years BD played get to play very less number of tests than it should have been comparing to ZIM.. & now ZIM should have been even better or same after 22 years but sadly its just opposite haha..so better think much to bring BD here without a worth reason....

  • Ammo666 on April 15, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    That would be good for current ZIM to gather more experience with no doubt but it would have been even better if there would have been at least 4 test matches against SA & AUS that's means 2 test against SA & 2 against AUS as ZIM is a test nation team which is enough disappointing to see they would play 1 test against a top team like SA & then not a single test against AUS in this series but two bottom ranked test sides like ZIM & BD must need enough of these so that they can utilize their talent & skills in different conditions to perform consistently against top ranked teams..ICC must revise this matter well, its really have been a eye catching issue.........

  • kensohatter on April 13, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    Good for Zimbabwe but surely there needs to be a test competition between Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Ireland and one other (maybe netherlands). The ICC would obviously need to help with funding. They all need constant cricket not 1 test here and there.

  • on April 13, 2014, 2:26 GMT

    complete mismatch. the two visiting teams should be Bangladesh and Ireland. 2 tests against Bangladesh and a odi triangular series vs Bangladesh and Ireland

  • AMMAR3438668158 on April 11, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    ZIM need more test matches not only this fixture but also in future because zim has some potenial and agressive players.i think NZ, SL and WI should play 2 or 3 test match series in future.

  • Ozcricketwriter on April 11, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    A triangular series, which will surely feature the 2 visiting teams. Is that a good idea? Or are Zimbabwe planning on staging multiple upsets against their more fancied foes?

  • Marktc on April 11, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    Why not have some decent tests..what does a once off test help? 3 Tests vs Sa..play the Tri series and then three against Oz....that makes more sense for growth...but it seems the short format is preferred these days?

  • PFEL on April 11, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Why play a 3 ODI series against South Africa and then the same two teams play in an ODI tri series right after? It makes no sense.

  • Yentile on April 11, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    lovely to see this, we need to grow cricket. grow the quality of other nations! they'd be better for it

  • AMMAR3438668158 on April 11, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    Good for ZIM cricket but i think AUS and SA each play 2 tests and then a Tri-Series.

  • Ammo666 on April 15, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    @Posted by on (April 11, 2014, 4:20 GMT) ZIM was much better than BD that was "once upon a time" but not anymore:) but it was especially when two flower brothers, heath streak, alaistair campell, Olonga & neil johnson used to play in this team, don't you know that or you don't want to face the truth anyway, you seems to be still enjoying those flash backs:D but hey its time for you to come to present & compare current ZIM with current BD team so now BD is much better than ZIM just have a look at BD's & ZIM's recent performance in between last few years you will get the best answer from there so come after that i don't need to say much about them...you talking about BD still of 14 years won't give you anything much & in this 14 years BD played get to play very less number of tests than it should have been comparing to ZIM.. & now ZIM should have been even better or same after 22 years but sadly its just opposite haha..so better think much to bring BD here without a worth reason....

  • Ammo666 on April 15, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    That would be good for current ZIM to gather more experience with no doubt but it would have been even better if there would have been at least 4 test matches against SA & AUS that's means 2 test against SA & 2 against AUS as ZIM is a test nation team which is enough disappointing to see they would play 1 test against a top team like SA & then not a single test against AUS in this series but two bottom ranked test sides like ZIM & BD must need enough of these so that they can utilize their talent & skills in different conditions to perform consistently against top ranked teams..ICC must revise this matter well, its really have been a eye catching issue.........

  • kensohatter on April 13, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    Good for Zimbabwe but surely there needs to be a test competition between Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Ireland and one other (maybe netherlands). The ICC would obviously need to help with funding. They all need constant cricket not 1 test here and there.

  • on April 13, 2014, 2:26 GMT

    complete mismatch. the two visiting teams should be Bangladesh and Ireland. 2 tests against Bangladesh and a odi triangular series vs Bangladesh and Ireland

  • AMMAR3438668158 on April 11, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    ZIM need more test matches not only this fixture but also in future because zim has some potenial and agressive players.i think NZ, SL and WI should play 2 or 3 test match series in future.

  • Ozcricketwriter on April 11, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    A triangular series, which will surely feature the 2 visiting teams. Is that a good idea? Or are Zimbabwe planning on staging multiple upsets against their more fancied foes?

  • Marktc on April 11, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    Why not have some decent tests..what does a once off test help? 3 Tests vs Sa..play the Tri series and then three against Oz....that makes more sense for growth...but it seems the short format is preferred these days?

  • PFEL on April 11, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Why play a 3 ODI series against South Africa and then the same two teams play in an ODI tri series right after? It makes no sense.

  • Yentile on April 11, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    lovely to see this, we need to grow cricket. grow the quality of other nations! they'd be better for it

  • AMMAR3438668158 on April 11, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    Good for ZIM cricket but i think AUS and SA each play 2 tests and then a Tri-Series.

  • on April 11, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    cool but would like a test game in Bulawayo as Harare is to far away from byo plus I am writing my A's so no ways I can go all the way there

  • on April 11, 2014, 4:20 GMT

    Good for Zimbabwe. Zim team doing so well without any funds. It will be great season if they win 2 or 3 ODIs and show how competitive they are. But Tate is right. Zim should have played 2 tests against each team and play a triangular in between... Zim need more tests. Its a pity they did not play a single test after memorable win against Pak. They are much much better than Bangladesh who have never won a single test against a regular top 8 side after 14 years of continuous failures

  • gibbs.175 on April 11, 2014, 3:32 GMT

    It is very good there is some good cricket in Zim. Good luck

  • cricketsubh on April 11, 2014, 3:11 GMT

    i pick whiteman as a wk for this series and pick cummins also for this tour

  • D-Ascendant on April 11, 2014, 2:16 GMT

    Who's funding this: CSA? In that case, it's a waste of money, money that could be spent on grooming young South African talent instead of the lost cause that is Zimbabwe...

  • sachin_equal_to_bradman on April 11, 2014, 2:11 GMT

    Guys who are commenting here as test cricket is Ultimate.it is the best format.blah blah blah.Please understand the present world's scenario...Already the people coming to stadiums to watch even a ODI is far far decreasing except sub-continental places where people are more coming than outside sub-continent! touch your heart and telllDo you guys watch 5 full days(Except Ashes) of test cricket without missing a single ball? Its highly impossible to do so! Yes i agree that TEST is ULTIMATE challenge.But we guys have to move on.Test will die soon because sponsors and TV rights will be very very very less for TESTS since watchers for test matches are far far reducing since the advent of T-20.Within 10 years, Tests will be histry! Be logical guys.When you want more nations to participate and if you want cricket to be globalised and if you want cricket to be spread over noook and corner of the world, Then T-20 is the way to go! Can you imagine TESTS being played in OLYMPICS instead of T20?

  • Dashgar on April 11, 2014, 1:56 GMT

    Why don't Australia get a test match? We're the second best test side in the world, we should be given at least one test.

  • __PK on April 11, 2014, 1:13 GMT

    Outstanding idea. Can we just hold it somewhere else, though? And maybe not invite Zimbabwe?

  • Jagger on April 11, 2014, 0:50 GMT

    TommytuckerSaffa on (April 10, 2014, 16:26 GMT) - A Zim vs OZ or SAf test series would be ugly and do nothing for the game. The gap between first and 7th is really huge these days.

  • on April 10, 2014, 23:50 GMT

    Why not make it 2 tests instead of giving us an overfill of ODIs. Ten is just too many

  • Julian_Vella on April 10, 2014, 22:22 GMT

    @ Virenda_s

    Zimbabwe are not scared of anybody which is proven by them playing against two of the strongest teams in the world Aus & RSA. The fact is financially Zimbabwe will profit from having Aus & RSA tour so they can afford to pay the players and have some money left over to host nations like Sri Lanka and Afghanistan which will cost Zimbabwe millions to host .....

  • creebo777 on April 10, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    Hussian dane piedt should be ahead of harmeer in the spin department even shaun von berg is better

  • virendra_s on April 10, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    How is Zimbawbe now able to host SA when they weren't able to host AFG.Fearing of losing to associates.

  • PratUSA on April 10, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    Sounds like the ICC rule or at least directive that went into effect several years ago, about minimum 2 tests on any tour, is out of window now. It was done to stop these one-off tests in first place but cricket has come to full circle in terms of number of games. I am never in favor of such short series but given how often Zimbabwe is cancelling tours altogether due to lack of funds and how weak their team is now; it's still a good idea to play this one test. Maybe if and when proposed test match fund becomes a reality, ZC can host more test matches.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on April 10, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    10 ODIs and only 1 Test match. The death of Test cricket continues, what a joke. Could give a toss about the pointless ODI games.

  • on April 10, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    No need for 3 odis before triangular series against same team. It should be replaced with another test.

  • PrasPunter on April 10, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    Aus could have played a test atleast to shake-off the off-season rustiness. Conditions in Zim could be similar to the one in UAE and hence a test would have been ideal. But it is more of commerce than cricket nowadays.

  • Ragav999 on April 10, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx: Australia is not playing the Test match that is mentioned in this article. It is between Zim and SA.

  • on April 10, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    One test only with zimbabwe is bad but atleast something is better than nothing.I hope they can atleast give SA a fight like they did against Pakistan.Those imagining SA to go with a full strength squad will be left dissapointed as Steyn Devilliers Amla Vernon P might prove to be too good for zim .Its a good opportunity to try out new guys like Hendricks De lange De Cock Van Zyl and the one I am most hoping will be played , Harmer. SA have to get a good spinner somehow in the test side .If Zim manage to beat SA (highly unlikely but possible ) then it would be a huge boost for Zim even if its a B team . Hope this does not get cancelled .

  • keralite on April 10, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    Feeling happy for Zimbabwe. They will get to play 7 odis against the top 2 teams. But unfortunately they don't have the match winners like streak and flower brothers+the bits and pieces players who could contribute a lot.

  • soumyas on April 10, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    since Australia and SA are strong teams, only zim are left behind, so to provide some balance they shud have included Ireland or Netherland in that...

  • and1son on April 10, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    @BonyongoDestoryer SA and Aus were supposed to visit Zim anyway per the FTP programme. I think we were shortchanged. Aus would have played 3 ODIs and SA 2 Tests 3 ODIs and a T20I. I would rather have two tests with SA and two T20Is and one ODI then play the triangular after with Aus. What is the point of playing 5 ODIs against SA or 7 ODIs in a row?

  • himmat on April 10, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    Whoa.....Australia and South Africa + Zimbabwe would be an epic series......The thing I did not get is why SA and Zimbabwe play 3 additional ODIs ????

  • Nuxxy on April 10, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    South African provincial teams should have an incentive to include 1 'African' player who doesn't affect their international quote - that is a player from another country on the African continent. Would maybe help with talent scouting too.

  • Albert_cambell on April 10, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    Thanks to Aus for accepting the Triangular series with our neighbours Zimbabwe. I think CSA should help Zimbabwe cricket. May be include some Zimbabwe players in our domestic matches or invite them to play some matches with our A team. This will improve the quality of Zimbabwe cricket.

  • mensan on April 10, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    Very good for cricket in Zimbabwe

  • xtrafalgarx on April 10, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    Good for Zim cricket, and good for AUS to get some cricket in during that barren period. The ODI's give AUS lots of time to test players and the test match gives 1 ooportunity for someone like Doolan to make a big score.

  • mzm149 on April 10, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    How about 4 nation series with Pakistan in.

  • BonyongoDestroyer on April 10, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    This is just fantastic news. Well done to whomever convinced SA and Aus to come and whomever is paying for it, too.

    Great to see that there are Bulawayo games - why not really push out the boat and hold some in Kwekwe and Mutare if the pitches are up to it?

  • on April 10, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    So true...Zim was moving upward when silly politics messed everything up. Teams like Zim, Kenya and Ireland and Holland should play more often against the top teams in ODI's so that they can improve...and improve they will...cricket will be the winner...imagine how competitive the 2019 CWC will be...

  • fwd079 on April 10, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    If only ZCB gets its act together, they were so good once...

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  • fwd079 on April 10, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    If only ZCB gets its act together, they were so good once...

  • on April 10, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    So true...Zim was moving upward when silly politics messed everything up. Teams like Zim, Kenya and Ireland and Holland should play more often against the top teams in ODI's so that they can improve...and improve they will...cricket will be the winner...imagine how competitive the 2019 CWC will be...

  • BonyongoDestroyer on April 10, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    This is just fantastic news. Well done to whomever convinced SA and Aus to come and whomever is paying for it, too.

    Great to see that there are Bulawayo games - why not really push out the boat and hold some in Kwekwe and Mutare if the pitches are up to it?

  • mzm149 on April 10, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    How about 4 nation series with Pakistan in.

  • xtrafalgarx on April 10, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    Good for Zim cricket, and good for AUS to get some cricket in during that barren period. The ODI's give AUS lots of time to test players and the test match gives 1 ooportunity for someone like Doolan to make a big score.

  • mensan on April 10, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    Very good for cricket in Zimbabwe

  • Albert_cambell on April 10, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    Thanks to Aus for accepting the Triangular series with our neighbours Zimbabwe. I think CSA should help Zimbabwe cricket. May be include some Zimbabwe players in our domestic matches or invite them to play some matches with our A team. This will improve the quality of Zimbabwe cricket.

  • Nuxxy on April 10, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    South African provincial teams should have an incentive to include 1 'African' player who doesn't affect their international quote - that is a player from another country on the African continent. Would maybe help with talent scouting too.

  • himmat on April 10, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    Whoa.....Australia and South Africa + Zimbabwe would be an epic series......The thing I did not get is why SA and Zimbabwe play 3 additional ODIs ????

  • and1son on April 10, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    @BonyongoDestoryer SA and Aus were supposed to visit Zim anyway per the FTP programme. I think we were shortchanged. Aus would have played 3 ODIs and SA 2 Tests 3 ODIs and a T20I. I would rather have two tests with SA and two T20Is and one ODI then play the triangular after with Aus. What is the point of playing 5 ODIs against SA or 7 ODIs in a row?