Zim A to tour Bangladesh

HARARE - The country’s second-string cricket team, Zimbabwe A, is set to tour Bangladesh in June, a an official from the Asian country has said. 

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) cricket operations chairman Akram Khan revealed the impending tour while reviewing the Tigers’ performance during last month’s World Twenty20 hosted in the country.

He said more matches for the national and A team stood to benefit the players ahead of next year’s World Cup.

“India is likely to come in June. Bangladesh A team will tour West Indies in May and we will host Zimbabwe A in the end of June,” said Khan.

“We will try to host more one-dayers there. We also have the senior team touring West Indies in August-September. Plus, we are trying to hold matches in the condition in which we will play 2015 World Cup.”

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe Cricket spokesman Lovemore Banda said plans to tour the sub-continent are in place but the association awaits official communication from the BCB.

“We spoke to them about the need to have our developmental teams playing together and their response was that they are waiting for the approval of the tour from their board,” Banda told the Daily News yesterday.

“At the moment the players are engaged in domestic games with their franchises and should be able to resume camp when the season comes to an end soon should the tour be confirmed.”

Zimbabwe A has not toured overseas in years, which has left local players insufficiently prepared for the step-up to international level, especially in conditions they are not used to.

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