By Kevin Mapasure
Zimbabwe Cricket has shifted the lone Test match against Bangladesh next month from Bulawayo to Harare after the government granted them permission to go ahead with the tour under strict Covid 19 protocols.
The matches will be played in a controlled environment with no spectators allowed.
The Sports and Recreation Commission okayed the tour together with activities in football and rugby among other disciplines that had been banned as a way to control the spread of the virus.
ZC confirmed that all the matches will now take place in Harare presumably as a way to avoid too much traveling.
Zimbabwe prefers to play the important Super League matches at Harare Sports Club.
The One Day International matches serve as the main route to the 2023 World Cup.
The two national will clash in two ODIs as well as three T-20 internationals.
“The Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) has granted Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) permission to host Bangladesh in July for a three-match one-day international (ODI) series that forms part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League. The tour also includes one Test match and three Twenty20 international (T20I) games.
“ZC is particularly grateful to SRC Chairman Mr Gerald Mlotshwa for personally fighting tooth and nail to ensure cricket was exempted from the Government directive to suspend all sporting activities in the country as part of new COVID-19 restrictions aimed at containing the spread of the virus.”
“All the matches between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh will be played behind closed doors at Harare Sports Club, with no spectators allowed in the ground as part of the pandemic protocols that ZC has put in place at its facilities. The tour will begin with the Test match scheduled for 7-11 July. Next up will be the ODI series pencilled in for 16, 18 and 20 July,” reads a ZC statement released this evening.