Zim Cricket seek alternative preps

HARARE - Zimbabwe's preparations for the forthcoming tour here by Australia and South Africa have been dealt a blow following cancellation of the A side’s trip to Bangladesh, leaving ZC frantically searching for Plan B. 

Zimbabwe A were scheduled to travel to the subcontinent on June 28 for two four-day games and three one-dayers before the national side welcome powerhouses Australia and South Africa for a highly-anticipated series.

The Zimbabweans will clash with South Africa in a one-off Test match from August 9 before engaging the Proteas in three ODIs.

Australia, who will be traveling to the Southern African nation for the first in a decade, will then join the hosts and South Africa for a one-day triangular series beginning on August 25.

“The (Zimbabwe A) tour has been postponed by Bangladesh, they say they are currently experiencing heavy rains since it’s their monsoon season,” convenor of selectors Givemore Makoni told the Daily News yesterday.

“This has put us on a backfoot in terms of our preparations because we had earmarked the tour to assess some of the fringe and upcoming players who could raise their hands up for selection into the national side ahead of the tri-series.

“But on a positive note, there’s another tour that’s being worked out, if we can have that country coming here in July then we can make up for the Bangladesh loss.”

The national side, meanwhile, resumed camp for the August games on Monday while the Zim A practice also continued uninterrupted despite the postponement of their Asia tour.

“Currently both squads are in camp and in the absence of an international tour, they will play amongst themselves in the build-up to the August series,” Makoni added.

“On average, we have 30 players training at Harare Sports Club, the two camps combined, but of course going about their business separately.”

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