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

Zimbabwe to host SA, Australia in August

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Shah 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 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 better think much to bring BD here without a worth reason....

  • Shah 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.........

  • Kenso 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.

  • Android 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

  • AMAR 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.

  • Adrian 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?

  • Mark on April 11, 2014, 9:36 GMT

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

  • Patrick 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.

  • Keegan 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

  • AMAR 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.

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