What comes as a shocker is the news of the postponement of Zimbabwe’s tour of Ireland. Ireland’s tour of Zimbabwe which was scheduled to start on August 6 next month has been rescheduled announced Cricket Ireland on Thursday. Zimbabwe was slated to play three ODIs & five T20Is against Ireland in Belfast & Northern Ireland.
“Following the latest advice for the conditions around which scheduled matches may proceed in Northern Ireland – most notably the stipulations of health authorities around quarantining requirements of the incoming Zimbabwean squad – Cricket Ireland has today confirmed that the Zimbabwe Men’s tour to Ireland will need to be rescheduled,” Cricket Ireland Chief Executive Warren Deutrom said.
“We recognize that with Zimbabwe being on the UK Red List, but a Category 2 country in the Republic of Ireland classification, approval for the series was always conditional upon the evolving advice of the government,” Deutrom added
Zimbabwe was going to start their Ireland tour by playing the first ODI match in Belfast. The teams were to move to Northern Ireland post the second & third ODIs for playing three T20Is before returning to Belfast for the final match of the T20I series. Cricket Ireland said that the tour will commence later next month.
“It is now anticipated that the series will be held in August-September 2021, but that some venue changes may be required to accommodate the latest advice received. These changes may have a number of knock-on effects with the broader playing schedule as well, and the outcome of these changes will be communicated in due course,” Deutrom said.
“We appreciate the understanding and cooperation of Zimbabwe Cricket Board and all involved as we work through these latest challenges, and will provide updates as soon as possible,” Deutrom concluded.