The Indian team will be heading to Zimbabwe for a three-match ODI series next month. The three games, which will be part of the ICC One Day Super League, have been tentatively scheduled to be played from August 18 to 22. Rohit Sharma‘s side is currently involved in a three-match T20I series against England, which will be followed by a three-match ODI series.
The Men in Blue will travel to the Caribbean later this month for three ODIs and five T20Is. Zimbabwe’s former head coach and current technical director, Lalchand Rajput spoke about the impact of India’s visit to the country, highlighting the influence it will have on the younger generation in the country to take up the game. He stated that the series is a big opportunity for the Zimbabwe players as they will be up against world-class Indian players. “It’s a big opportunity for the players to play against the Indian players and for the cricketing fraternity in Zimbabwe. It will create a lot of interest amongst the younger generation to take up this game. Overall, the series is very good for Zimbabwe cricket,” said Rajput. India is scheduled to land in Harare on 15th August.
Notably, Harare is understood to be the venue for all three ODIs as of now. Meanwhile, it will be India’s first visit to the country in six years, as the hosts will battle against India for vital points for qualification for next year’s ODI World Cup. “We are absolutely delighted to host India and we look forward to a competitive and memorable series,” a Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) official told Cricbuzz. India is likely to field a second-string squad for the series as they will have one eye on the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka, scheduled to commence on August 27.