Zimbabwe are set to tour Sri Lanka after 16 years as the schedule of the bilateral series between these two sides has been finalised.
The series will consist five ODIs and one Test match which starts June 30. The matches will be played at Galle. Hambantota and Colombo (RPS). Last time when Zimbabwe toured Sri Lanka was in December 2001-January 2002 for two ODIs and three Tests.
Galle International Stadium is set to host first ODI in 17 years time. The grouns hosted seven ODIs. The previous ODI game at this ground was between Sri Lanka and South Africa during a tri-nation series in July 2000 which was won by Sri Lanka by 37 runs. Galle will host the first two ODIs of the series.
According to ESPNcricinfo, SLC has seen it a fitting venue for the lower-profile Zimbabwe games partly perhaps for financial reasons – day-night matches are costlier to host – and also because in this case, the size of the venue may translate to a marketing advantage.
Hambantota hasn’t hosted an international match in two years. It will host the remaining of the ODIs. Colombo’s R Premadasa Stadium will host the one-off Test starting from July 14. This ground’s last Test match was in 2013 between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Fixtures: Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe 2017
June 30: 1st ODI, Galle
July 2: 2nd ODI, Galle
July 6: 3rd ODI, Hambantota
July 8: 4th ODI, Hambantota
July 10: 5th ODI, Hambantota
July 14-18: Only Test, Colombo (RPS)
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com