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Bangladesh to tour Zimbabwe despite Covid restrictions

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Dhaka, Bangladesh: Despite stringent coronavirus restrictions in Zimbabwe, the Bangladesh Cricket Board announced on Wednesday that its national squad will depart for the African country on June 29 for a full series.

A Test, three one-day internationals, and three Twenty20 internationals will be part of the visit. The players will be enclosed in a bio-safe bubble.

“We have been assured of highest Covid-19 protocol by the Zimbabwean cricket authorities,” said Ahmed Sazzadul Alam, a BCB director who will head the delegation.

After receiving approval from the country’s Sports and Recreation Commission, Zimbabwe revealed the series’ schedule on Tuesday (SRC).

Cricket Zimbabwe (ZC) said in a statement that all matches between July 7 and July 27 will be played behind closed doors.

ZC thanked SRC chairman Gerald Mlotshwa for “fighting tooth and nail” to ensure that cricket was exempted from a government mandate to cease all athletic events as part of the new Covid-19 limitations.

“As part of the pandemic measures that ZC has put in place at its facilities, all of the matches between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh will be played behind closed doors at Harare Sports Club, with no spectators allowed in the ground,” ZC said.

The tour will kick off with a Test match from July 7 to 11.

It will be followed by an ODI series as part of the ICC Super League, which is the primary route to the 2023 World Cup in India.

After the Super League match, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh will play three Twenty20 Internationals on July 23, 25, and 27.

This will be the first time the South Asian team has visited Zimbabwe in over eight years.

Fixtures:

Harare Sports Club will host a test from July 7 to 11.

The first One-Day International (ODI) takes place on July 16 at Harare Sports Club.

Harare Sports Club hosts the second One-Day International on July 18.

Harare Sports Club hosts the third One-Day International on July 20.

Harare Sports Club hosts the first T20I on July 23.

Harare Sports Club hosts the second T20I on July 25.

Harare Sports Club hosts the third T20I on July 27.

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