Cricket Ireland and Zimbabwe Cricket had scheduled 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is between their squads early on in April. However, the games had to be pushed back because of COVID-19 health guidelines issued by the Health Ministry of Zimbabwe. The Irish team was to travel to Harare on March 28th for the match series. They are to play the T20Is first then move onto the ODI series in April.
Luckily none of the postponed ODI were part of the World Cup Super League (WCSL), as it would have gravely affected their ranking. However, there’s a reason for these squads to be happy as the games are back on, with Zimbabwe touring Ireland instead later on in August. This series will give both teams a chance to win 30 qualifying points in their attempt to secure an automatic spot for the upcoming ODI World Cup in 2023.
Officials from Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) assured everyone in a statement they issued that the decision to postpone the games was made due to a squeeze in the season game schedule rather than due to any concerns over COVID-19 infections. They went on to say that the pandemic had caused a lot of disruption both in Zimbabwe and all over the world. In light of this, cricket boards such as ZC were forced to rethink their domestic and international cricket calendar.
The Zimbabwean men’s team was scheduled to have an away game versus Afghanistan and a home game versus Pakistan between March and April. Even with such a tight schedule, it had been proposed to let Ireland join the fray; however, this proved to be too much. As such, ZC postponed the Ireland vs. Zimbabwe matches.
With no one to test their skills against and the looming T20 World cup set to start in October to November in India, the Irish team had to find alternative fixtures to help the national squad prepare. They did, however, express their disappointment at the failed matches but reiterated their appreciation for the Zimbabwean team to accommodate them despite having such a tight schedule. They also added that what’s most important now is the health and safety of the players and support staff. So they can always wait to play the games when it’s good for everyone.
The rescheduled Zimbabwe ODI matches in Ireland 2021 will be held in Belfast, starting from August 6th to 11th. Then the venue will be switched to Magheramason, Northern Ireland, for the 5-match T20I series to commence on August 15th.
This matchup is something worth watching as the Ireland Wolves are currently playing the South African Proteas but is currently 2-0. Zimbabwe, on the other hand, is playing versus Bangladesh in a 3-match T20I series before meeting Ireland.
Here’s a list of the current Ireland and Zimbabwe squads who will play the 1st Zimbabwe ODI in Ireland
George Dockrell, Mark Adair, Paul Stirling, Simi Singh, Harry Tector, Benjamin White, Andrew Balbirnie, Shane Getkate, Craig Young, Lorcan Tucker, William McClintock, Barry McCarthy, Stephen Doheny, Kevin O’Brien, and Joshua Little
Richard Ngarava, Dion Myers, Wellington Masakadza, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Ryan Burl, Tendai Chatara, Blessing Muzarabani, Luke Jongwe, Wesley Madhevere, Tarisai Musakanda, Donald Tiripano, Milton Shumba, Sikandar Raza, Tadiwanashe Marumani, and Regis Chakabva. Get all the latest updates related to sports news and other stories stay with us.