Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh confirmed
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has confirmed on Wednesday that Zimbabwe will visit to play three One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals in the first two weeks of November.
After the postponement of the Australian tour due to security concerns, the BCB and Zimbabwe Cricket had agreed to prepone the limited overs leg of their scheduled January tour.
Zimbabwe are currently scheduled to arrive on 2nd November and the ODIs will be conducted between 7th and 11th November, while the T20s will be played on 13th and 15th November.
Prior to the start of the series, Zimbabwe will play a practice game in Fatullah on 5th November, whereas all the international games will be conducted in Mirpur.
Originally, after the completion of the South Africa series in July, Bangladesh were slated for a period of almost six months without playing ODIs.
However, 2015 has been a fantastic year for Bangladesh in ODIs having secured series victories against Pakistan, India and South Africa at home.
Bangladesh captain Marshafe Mortaza is happy that the respective boards have decided to conduct the Zimbabwe series as it will help the team hold onto their good form.
"We have been playing well in ODIs this year but a long break would have hurt our consistency," he said.
"It would have been tough to hold on to the good form.
“So in that sense, this ODI series will really help us as it cuts down on the break.”
Mortaza is also confident that his team will be able to win against Zimbabwe and maintain their consistent record in 2015.
“We know Zimbabwe well and we have a good record against them.
“I am hoping that we can hold on to our winning consistency.
“To be honest, I would have been happy if the Australia series took place but it wasn't in our hands.
“I thank both boards for organising this series so quickly.”
In November, the Zimbabwe Under-19 team will also tour Bangladesh, while the Bangladesh A side will visit Zimbabwe to take part in a limited overs contest.
The BCB has also confirmed that the South Africa women’s team will reach Bangladesh on 3rd November to play three ODIs and four T20Is.
The Test-match leg of the Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh will go ahead as per the original schedule and will be played in January 2016.
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