ZIM Vs. IRE: Zimbabwe To Be The First Team To Host An International Player Within A Year

For the very first time following the onset of Covid-19, Zimbabwe will be hosting an international team. This will be after they had a match, they had played two Test matches and three T20Is against the Pakistan team. The match was held at the Harare Sports Club on 21st April. Due to strict Covid-19 regulations, the games will be played behind closed doors. The match will also mark the first international tour Zimbabwe has ever held since January 2020, during which Sri Lanka managed to play two Test matches.

The scheduled August 2020 three ODIs were canceled because Covid-19 was on the rise, and the need to safeguard the players’ safety was paramount. The countries that were to participate in the tour were Ireland, India, Afghanistan, and the Netherlands. Zimbabwe also struggled to play the Test matches after the International Cricket Council canceled it in July 2019. In October 2019, the suspension was removed, but still, they could not play many games.

The Pakistan Cricket Board has been working tirelessly to ensure that international cricket is revived in the post-Covid-19 world. Organizing the Zimbabwe tour is just one of the many steps towards achieving the objective. Pakistan’s director of international cricket said in a statement that the game of cricket and Covid-19 could coexist in a secure environment. They have tried to demonstrate the possibility of this theory, making sure that the game flourishes in such challenging times. Zimbabwe team formation 2021 for both the men and women is proof that Zimbabwe and PCB can coexist mutually and offer each other support.

ZIM vs. IRE 2021 match will be played from 9th to 13th October. The Ireland coach is thrilled about the game as he claims that the game will be a competitive one for them. Over the years, Ireland and Zimbabwe have engaged in challenging games, and they don’t expect any less during the Zimbabwe tour. The match will be a test for the squads simultaneously; it will serve as a preparation for when they will be going to Windhoek to participate in the Intercontinental Cup against Namibia.

Since their first meeting in 2007, Zimbabwe has met Ireland only five times in the ODI series. Back in the 2007 World Cup, the two teams managed to go home with a tie. They recently met again for the World Cup in Hobart, but Ireland won the match by five runs this time. In this year’s tour, the Test matches will be played from 29th April to 11th May, while the T20Is will be played from 21st April through to 25th April 2021.

The Zimbabwe team list consists of the following players; Malcolm Waller, Regis Chakabva. Elton Chigumbura, Sikandar Raza, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Tinashe Panyangara, Ray Price, Prosper Utseya, Brian Vitori, Brendan Taylor, Hamilton Masakadza, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Tendai Chatara.

Recently the government took over the Zimbabwe Cricket Board after recent complaints that there were some irregularities with the team’s financial management, among other issues. Therefore, there is a complete stall by the ICC momentarily. Bookmark this page for more information about all sports news that will be playing all around the world. 

Resource Reference: 

  1. https://www.india.com/sports/zimbabwe-host-1st-international-team-over-year-4542137/
  2. https://thesportsrush.com/ire-vs-zim-dream-11-prediction-best-dream11-team-for-today-ireland-vs-zimbabwe-first-odi/
  3. https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/ireland-to-tour-zimbabwe-for-three-odis-919627

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