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Zim-India series itinerary released

Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has released the India tour itinerary ahead of the Asian giants’ visit next month.

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India is scheduled to visit Zimbabwe for a five match One-Day-International series in Harare and Bulawayo.

The first three matches are set for the Harare Sports Club on July 24, 26 and 28, while the last two will be played at Queens on July 31 and August 3 as the tourists round up their two week visit.

India will arrive in Zimbabwe on July 21 after their triangular series in the Caribbean.

Zimbabwe has been in camp for the last three weeks with the main focus on fitness in the first two weeks.

They have turned their focus to the technical aspects of the game with a nets programme on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Coach Andy Waller is looking to improve the team’s ODI rankings ahead of the 2015 World Cup.

The India visit hung in the balance for a long time with speculation the Asian giants were contemplating a reschedule of the tour.

But after confirmation of dates, Zimbabwe will look forward to an opportunity to show the world they can play cricket against a top nation and expect a fat pay check which comes with playing against India.

With both Pakistan and Sri Lanka due to visit for two Tests, three ODIs and two T-20s each, ZC needs all the money it can get.Waller said he is looking forward to the team improving their performance and has left no stone unturned in his bid to adequately prepare the team.The last time India toured Zimbabwe in 2010, the hosts beat the tourists twice in a triangular series that included eventual winners Sri Lanka, although India fielded a weakened side.

There is promise that India will send the best side available on this tour and this will give Waller an opportunity for a few experiments ahead of the Tests.

Pakistan have since confirmed that they will arrive in Zimbabwe on August 21 while Sri Lanka is expected in November.

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