Afghanistan in Zimbabwe 2014 June 27, 2014

Afghanistan to play four ODIs in Zimbabwe

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Afghanistan will play four ODIs and two four-day games during a 28-day tour to Zimbabwe that starts next month. The Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo will host the one-day leg of their tour, following which they will travel to Harare for the four-day matches at the Country Club.

Zimbabwe had been due to host Afghanistan for several Twenty20s and an ODI in January this year but the tour was cancelled following Zimbabwe Cricket's financial crisis. Zimbabwe's financial troubles had resulted in a player boycott in December last year, which lasted until February.

With just three series of international cricket this year, the series against Afghanistan will be an important one for Zimbabwe, especially after the A team's tour to Bangladesh was deferred last week as it coincided with the monsoon season in Bangladesh. Zimbabwe will host South Africa for a one-off Test and three ODIs in August, followed by a tri-series which also includes Australia.

For Afghanistan, this will be their first bilateral ODI series against a Test-playing country. The team, which qualified for the 2015 World Cup with a second-place finish in the World Cricket League Championship last year, had earlier participated in the Asia Cup in Bangladesh, prior to the World T20.

"We see the Zimbabwe tour as an important part of our preparation for the World Cup 2015," Noor Mohammad Murad, the chief executive of Afghanistan Cricket, said. "The national team has just participated in an extensive month-long coaching and fitness camp in Kabul. The tour will consolidate and build upon the training they have received along with camps and tours later in the year."

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  • on July 11, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    Thanks ZIM. We are waiting for this matches, and afghan players seems very strong so time will decide for these wining.

  • on July 3, 2014, 0:45 GMT

    It will not be a one sided matches.

  • on June 28, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    good stuff

  • ZCFOutkast on June 28, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    Choose First team squad. No chancers! Players need match practice. Well done ZC.

  • on June 28, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    wish you best of luck afghan tigers show your real character

  • on June 28, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    i think it was important for both the team because they didn't have any international fixtures before world cup. Afghanistan is strong enough to compete with Zimbabwe and give them some hard time in the field. on the other hand, Zimbabwe hasn't played for along time now because of their financial problems. I hope it is broadcasted live so that we can watch it. Good luck and best wishes for the world cup...

  • brokeneffingarm on June 28, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    Giving access to Afghanistan for a four day game is a step in the right direction. Over the past couple of years Afghanistan have impressed many with their determination & their seam attack.Who knows ? They might even beat England one day. The same should be done with Ireland, Netherlands & Scotland.I dont think they will fare any worse than Bangladesh or Zimbabwe.

  • on June 28, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    i think it was important for both the team because they didn't have any international fixtures before world cup. Afghanistan is strong enough to compete with Zimbabwe and give them some hard time in the field. on the other hand, Zimbabwe hasn't played for along time now because of their financial problems. I hope it is broadcasted live so that we can watch it. Good luck and best wishes for the world cup...

  • ArifDost on June 28, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    Great News For Both Team Arif Dost

  • on June 28, 2014, 2:42 GMT

    than x for hosting Afghanistan love u zim

  • on July 11, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    Thanks ZIM. We are waiting for this matches, and afghan players seems very strong so time will decide for these wining.

  • on July 3, 2014, 0:45 GMT

    It will not be a one sided matches.

  • on June 28, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    good stuff

  • ZCFOutkast on June 28, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    Choose First team squad. No chancers! Players need match practice. Well done ZC.

  • on June 28, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    wish you best of luck afghan tigers show your real character

  • on June 28, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    i think it was important for both the team because they didn't have any international fixtures before world cup. Afghanistan is strong enough to compete with Zimbabwe and give them some hard time in the field. on the other hand, Zimbabwe hasn't played for along time now because of their financial problems. I hope it is broadcasted live so that we can watch it. Good luck and best wishes for the world cup...

  • brokeneffingarm on June 28, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    Giving access to Afghanistan for a four day game is a step in the right direction. Over the past couple of years Afghanistan have impressed many with their determination & their seam attack.Who knows ? They might even beat England one day. The same should be done with Ireland, Netherlands & Scotland.I dont think they will fare any worse than Bangladesh or Zimbabwe.

  • on June 28, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    i think it was important for both the team because they didn't have any international fixtures before world cup. Afghanistan is strong enough to compete with Zimbabwe and give them some hard time in the field. on the other hand, Zimbabwe hasn't played for along time now because of their financial problems. I hope it is broadcasted live so that we can watch it. Good luck and best wishes for the world cup...

  • ArifDost on June 28, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    Great News For Both Team Arif Dost

  • on June 28, 2014, 2:42 GMT

    than x for hosting Afghanistan love u zim

  • on June 28, 2014, 0:12 GMT

    Glad to hear a great news.. this will be a great experience for both countries especially afghanistan has a lot of problems in batting department.. and it could help with sucha tours .

  • zim87 on June 27, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    Any idea if those ODI's are going to be televised?

  • Nduru on June 27, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    At Last! Zimbabwe get to actually play some cricket. It is absolutely shameful that they get to play so little. Afghanistan is a very good team who are rising fast so they will be very good competition and great preparation for the SA/Aus series. Zim needs to play Ireland and Afghanistan more because the big boys don't want to play us. Infact, I favour a second tier where Zim, Ireland, Bangla and Afghanistan play. It would be better that being conned that you are a test nation and then having none of the 'top' teams being willing to invite you to play.

  • on June 27, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    Really happiness is watching my lovely Afghan tigerzz and my beloved Afghanistan flag in international grounds and games.... no matter who win or loss in here but this will give another joy for Afghan people all around the globe.... this series in in Ramadan we will all pray for our Beloved Afghanistan.... Cheeeerssss

  • on June 27, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    Good luck afghanistan it is a very good news.

  • on June 27, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    wow Great thanks Zimbabwe Cricket

  • on June 27, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    very nice ,really wanted to see this series, goodluck every one , i will see NOOR ALI he is the best ,he should play with lot patient,shouldnt be hurry,

  • on June 27, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    good news for both teams nd espesialy for afg hopelly learo alot of more from this tour weldone afg

  • Azooz-Afgfan on June 27, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    Finally we will get to see some interesting cricket. Everybody is bored of FMs series. Great move ACB.

  • on June 27, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    while i am really happy for Afghan cricket.. but where's Ireland????? i don't believe in one-off match series. Teams like Ireland, require a continuous run just like Afghanistan in this 4 match series...!!! go AFG and Ireland! :)

  • on June 27, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    Great news for us.. There should be 2 T20 matches as well but its okay we will enjoy this tour so much .. All the best Afghanistan Cricket Team

  • on June 27, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    i m realy realy happy to look this tour schedule bcoz i was waiting for this tour since last one month and thanxx zim cricket to help afghan cricket and another test nation should also help afghan cricket team bcoz afghan cricket team is soo good and they can go more ahead...

  • saifkhanBD on June 27, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    Great news for both countries. I really wish ICC was doing more to not only promote Cricket in different parts of world but also help strengthen the game, where Cricket has a strong established base but due to administrative, political etc reasons, the game has been on a state of decline. But seeing the mess ICC is in right now and it's narrow minded, it's hard to imagine such leadership.

  • on June 27, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Great news for afghans to have a good experience

  • bala2rahul on June 27, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    Wow !! I cannot say how happy i am. Wonderful gesture by the Zimbabweans. Good luck to both the teams. Its a request to all Test nations, Please accomodate the four teams ( Afg, Ire, Sco, UAE ) who have qualified for the nest world, into your domestic tournaments. Show some leadership.

  • on June 27, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    great to hear some thing positive

  • on June 27, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Absolutely superb.Associates like Afghanistan,Ireland and The Netherlands need these kind of tours to make their way to test status.They should play 5-6 4-day FC games against 'A' teams of test nations every year.I hope bigger nations like India,Australia,England and SA too will soon start hosting associates for such tours.

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  • on June 27, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Absolutely superb.Associates like Afghanistan,Ireland and The Netherlands need these kind of tours to make their way to test status.They should play 5-6 4-day FC games against 'A' teams of test nations every year.I hope bigger nations like India,Australia,England and SA too will soon start hosting associates for such tours.

  • on June 27, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    great to hear some thing positive

  • bala2rahul on June 27, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    Wow !! I cannot say how happy i am. Wonderful gesture by the Zimbabweans. Good luck to both the teams. Its a request to all Test nations, Please accomodate the four teams ( Afg, Ire, Sco, UAE ) who have qualified for the nest world, into your domestic tournaments. Show some leadership.

  • on June 27, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Great news for afghans to have a good experience

  • saifkhanBD on June 27, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    Great news for both countries. I really wish ICC was doing more to not only promote Cricket in different parts of world but also help strengthen the game, where Cricket has a strong established base but due to administrative, political etc reasons, the game has been on a state of decline. But seeing the mess ICC is in right now and it's narrow minded, it's hard to imagine such leadership.

  • on June 27, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    i m realy realy happy to look this tour schedule bcoz i was waiting for this tour since last one month and thanxx zim cricket to help afghan cricket and another test nation should also help afghan cricket team bcoz afghan cricket team is soo good and they can go more ahead...

  • on June 27, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    Great news for us.. There should be 2 T20 matches as well but its okay we will enjoy this tour so much .. All the best Afghanistan Cricket Team

  • on June 27, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    while i am really happy for Afghan cricket.. but where's Ireland????? i don't believe in one-off match series. Teams like Ireland, require a continuous run just like Afghanistan in this 4 match series...!!! go AFG and Ireland! :)

  • Azooz-Afgfan on June 27, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    Finally we will get to see some interesting cricket. Everybody is bored of FMs series. Great move ACB.

  • on June 27, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    good news for both teams nd espesialy for afg hopelly learo alot of more from this tour weldone afg