Zimbabwe will host West Indies for two Test matches this month. This will be West Indies’ first Test tour of Zimbabwe in 14 years.
Zimbabwe and West Indies played each other in four series, two each at their respective homes. 2003 was the last time when West Indies toured Zimbabwe for a Test series. They won that series by 1-0.
After Zimbabwe’s readmission to Test cricket, they toured Caribbean islands in 2013 for a full series. However, the hosts won that series comfortably by 2-0.
The first Test between these two sides will be on October 21-25. The second Test will begin from October 29. Both the matches will be held at Bulawayo’s Queens’ Sports Club. The visitors will play a three-day warm-up from October 15.
Zimbabwe will be delighted with the returns of Kyle Jarvis and Brendan Taylor in the national side. They left the country in 2013 and 2015 respectively to play county cricket in England on Kolpak deals. These two ended their stints with their clubs this season. Jarvis and Taylor are expected to be included in the squad.
West Indies won a Test against England at Headingley, Leeds in August. Zimbabwe fought very hard against Sri Lanka in Colombo in July.
West Indies toured Zimbabwe for a tri-series, which also included Sri Lanka, in November last year. Jason Holder’s men failed to reach the final after tying with the hosts and then losing to the same opposition.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com