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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  • espncricinfomobile 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.

  • android_user on July 3, 2014, 0:45 GMT

    It will not be a one sided matches.

  • android_user 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.

  • dummy4fb on June 28, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    wish you best of luck afghan tigers show your real character

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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...

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

    Great News For Both Team Arif Dost

  • dummy4fb on June 28, 2014, 2:42 GMT

    than x for hosting Afghanistan love u zim

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