India is set to tour Zimbabwe in July 2024 for a five-match T20I series at the Harare Sports Club in Harare. The bilateral series announcement came on February 6, with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) revealing the itinerary. Following their campaign in the 2024 T20 World Cup, the ‘Men in Blue’ will embark on this tour, renewing cricketing ties with Zimbabwe after a two-year hiatus.
The series matches are scheduled for July 6, 7, 10, 13, and 14. The decision for the series was made after constructive discussions between the BCCI and ZC, aiming to strengthen bilateral relations and promote collaboration between the two cricket boards.
Tavengwa Mukuhlani, Chairman of Zimbabwe Cricket, expressed his excitement about hosting India for the T20I series, acknowledging India’s substantial contribution to the sport. He thanked the BCCI for committing to the tour and emphasized the significance of the series as Zimbabwe works to re-establish itself as a cricketing force.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be hosting India for a T20I series in July in what will be our biggest international attraction at home this year. The game of cricket has always immensely benefited from India’s influence and dedication to the sport, and I would like to say a huge thank you to the BCCI for committing to tour Zimbabwe once again,” said Tavengwa Mukuhlani.
BCCI Secretary Jay Shah highlighted the board’s commitment to supporting fellow member boards and contributing to the global cricketing community. He noted that India’s tour to Zimbabwe aligns with the principle of fostering positive transformations within the cricketing landscape.
India tour of Zimbabwe 2024:
1st T20I – July 6
2nd T20I – July 7
3rd T20I – July 10
4th T20I – July 13
5th T20I – July 14 pic.twitter.com/srKuGqFy7j
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“The BCCI has always played a pioneering role in contributing to the global cricketing community. We understand that it is a period of rebuilding for Zimbabwe, and Zimbabwe Cricket needs our support at this juncture,” Jay Shah stated.
He added, “Our steadfast commitment to touring and supporting fellow member boards aligns with our principle of bringing about a positive transformation within the cricketing landscape. The BCCI will do its best to make bilateral cricket stronger and commercially more viable. Our pledge to support Zimbabwe Cricket reflects a shared vision for the growth and prosperity of cricket on the international stage.”
India’s last tour to Zimbabwe in 2022 saw them whitewashing the hosts in a three-match ODI series. Shubman Gill, who scored his maiden ODI century during that tour, was named the Player of the Series.