Australia is all set to travel to Zimbabwe for the first time in four years for T20I tri-series, also featuring Pakistan, in July this year. Australia, who last played in Zimbabwe in 2014, will lock horns with the hosts and Pakistan in the 20-over format at the Harare Sports Club. The series will begin on July 1, with the final being held on July 8.
After the first-ever T20 matches in Zimbabwe, Pakistan will continue to stay on for a five-match ODI series at the Bulawayo's Queens Sports Club. Confirming the news, Zimbabwe Cricket Managing Director Faisal Hasnain said that they had come to a conclusion to host Pakistan and Australia after months of negotiations.
"Following months of negotiations, we are pleased to confirm that we will be hosting a T20I triangular series involving Australia and Pakistan, followed by an ODI series against Pakistan," said Hasnain.
"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," he added.
Following Australia's tour to Zimbabwe, Australia will be heading to the United Kingdom for a five-match ODI series and one-off T20I match against England, which will begin on June 13 and will run until June 28.
The Zimbabwe tour will see a new-look Australia team, with a new coach, skipper and vice-captain stepping in after Steve Smith, David Warner and Darren Lehmann stepped down from their positions following a massive ball-tampering scandal that took place during the third Test of the four-match series against South Africa.
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