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Zimbabwe set to tour England after 22 years

Last updated on 15 Aug 2023 | 10:32 AM
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Zimbabwe set to tour England after 22 years

Zimbabwe will lock horns with England in a four-day Test later in 2025

A total of 22 years later, England are set to play a four-day Test against Zimbabwe in 2025, with the venue set to be decided. However, Zimbabwe Cricket announced that the four-day Test will be played between May 28-31, 2025. 

"We are absolutely delighted to be playing bilateral cricket in England for the first time in over two decades after we agreed to play a Test match in May 2025,” Givemore Makoni, Managing Director of Zimbabwe Cricket, said. 

Zimbabwe were beaten thoroughly 0-2 the last time they toured England, with the Three Lions beating the Chevrons by innings margin in both the red-ball clashes. The Chevrons then played a tri-series featuring England and South Africa alongside them. 

"The significance and magnitude of this tour cannot be overemphasised, and I would like to say a huge thank you to the ECB for committing to the resumption of cricketing relations between our countries that date back to the introduction of the game in Zimbabwe in the 1890s.

"The experience of playing a Test match against a top team like England is massive for the current generation of our players, coming at a time when our game as a whole is on an upward trajectory.

"This will be a historic tour for everyone involved with cricket in Zimbabwe and we are already looking forward to some exciting action on the field of play."

Richard Gould, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)’s chief executive, also insisted that the decision was in line with their vision of helping Test cricket grow.

"We are committed to developing a closer relationship with Zimbabwe Cricket and the announcement of this Test against our England men's team is a step in that ambition," Gould said. 

"This summer's Ashes series showcased all that is great about Test cricket and, while we must be mindful of the demands of world cricket's schedule, we also want to help grow Test cricket and find opportunities to play more nations where we can."

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