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Afghanistan Confirm Tour Of Zimbabwe

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Afghanistan will play four ODIs and two four-day games in Zimbabwe
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Afghanistan will tour Zimbabwe to play four One-Day Internationals and two four-day games against a Zimbabwe 'A' side in July and August.

The tour, Afghanistan's first of a Full Member country, will be used by the team as preparation for the 2015 World Cup.

The four ODIs will be played on 18th, 20th, 21st and 24th July and the four-day games will begin on 27th July and 2nd August.

"We see the Zimbabwe tour as an important part of our preparation for the World Cup 2015," Dr Noor Mohammad Murad, CEO 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."

The training camp was run by Peter Anderson, National Cricket Academy coach and Andy Moles, newly-appointed batting coach.

"Afghanistan may produce a few surprises at the World Cup, Anderson said

"We have some excellent players and I think there are some teams that we may be able to defeat. At the very least, some teams may be in for quite a scare.”

"Afghanistan’s speedy upward progress has produced amazing stories and numerous surprises along the way," Murad added.

"We see the qualification for the World Cup 2015 as the pinnacle of cricket development in our country.

"This means that the players’ motivation and determination are at an all-time high."

Zimbabwe and Afghanistan have met just twice before, once in a first-class match and once in a Twenty20 game.

In 2009, Afghanistan and a Zimbabwe XI drew in the ICC Intercontinental Cup in Mutare and earlier this year, Zimbabwe beat Afghanistan by seven wickets in a warm-up game for the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

One other game of note came in 2010, when Zimbabwe beat Afghanistan by four wickets in the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand.

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