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The Tigers were scheduled to tour Zimbabwe in August this year for two Tests, three One-Day-Internationals and two Twenty20s, but this had to be re-scheduled after the hosts indicated they have some work to do on their pitches in Harare and Bulawayo.

The two nations had suggested different dates for the tour with Bangladesh proposing April while Zimbabwe wanted the tour to take place later this year.
ZC’s Trevor Mtangadura confirmed the latest development yesterday adding that they had not yet settled on the exact dates yet.

“What we have so far agreed on is that it (the tour) will be held in April next year, but we are still to come up with the exact dates,” said Mtangadura.

This means Zimbabwe will open their account for this term with a home two-Test series against Pakistan who will tour between December and January.

Coach Alan Butcher’s men will then tour the West Indies where again they have two Tests scheduled at the beginning of the year in addition to three One-Day-Internationals and a couple of Twenty20s.

The Bangladesh tour had for long been hanging in the balance with the respective boards failing to agree on the period for it to take place.

The Asians are desperate for some action with tours hard to come by and they wanted the Tests to be played in August as previously scheduled. But ZC insisted it would be impossible since there was work to be done at the Harare Sports Club and Queens where the matches would be played.

Zimbabwe’s preferred dates fell in October but Bangladesh could not accommodate the tour during that period due to their domestic league in which their domestic teams participate.

According to the Future Tours Programme, Zimbabwe’s third Test opponent will be Sri Lanka who tour the country for two-Test and three ODIs in October after India who visit Zimbabwe in July for just three ODIs in July.

Zimbabwe will be looking to do well in their home Tests after falling narrowly short of beating Pakistan in Bulawayo last year as well as losing a home Test against New Zealand which they should have won.

Their first away tour after being rehabilitated into the Tests in New Zealand was disappointing and they will be looking to end their travel woes in the West Indies in March.

Meanwhile Zimbabwe is looking to engage Kenya in some Twenty20 matches ahead of the World Cup after next month’s triangular series with South Africa and Bangladesh in the same format of the game.

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