Zimbabwe to host Australia, Pakistan in T20 tri-series

Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) announced on Tuesday that they will host Australia and Pakistan in a T20I triangular series in July.

The triangular series will be played at the Harare Sports Club with Pakistan then staying on for a five-match ODI series with those matches taking place in Bulawayo at the Queens Sports Club.

ZC Managing Director Faisal Hasnain said: “Following months of negotiations, we are pleased to confirm we will be hosting a T20I triangular series involving Australia and Pakistan, followed by an ODI series against Pakistan.

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“Playing two of the game’s biggest teams will provide us with a very welcome litmus test as we forge ahead with our plans to develop a stronger Zimbabwe side capable of consistently competing and winning against the best.”

The home side and Pakistan will get the T20I series underway on Sunday, 1 July, with Australia and Pakistan playing each other the following day.

Each team will play four matches in a round-robin format, with the top two sides meeting in the final pencilled in for Sunday, 8 July.

The five ODI matches between Zimbabwe and Pakistan are scheduled for 13, 16, 18, 20 and 22 July.

T20I tri-series fixtures in Zimbabwe:

Sunday, July 1: Zimbabwe vs Pakistan

Monday, July 2: Pakistan vs Australia

Tuesday, July 3: Australia vs Zimbabwe

Wednesday, July 4: Zimbabwe vs Pakistan

Thursday, July 5: Pakistan vs Australia

Friday, July 6: Australia vs Zimbabwe

Sunday, July 8: Final