Zimbabwe’s tour of Ireland has been postponed for now and it is likely to be played now late in August and even go on until September. The two teams were scheduled to play three ODIs and five T20 Internationals starting from August 6. But the complications around COVID-19 protocols has led to both the boards postponing the tour for now.
Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) is still awaiting clearance from the government to travel to Ireland and if everything goes to plan, the team will depart on August 19. Contrary to the earlier schedule, Ireland board might also have to change the venues for the series
“We recognise 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 government. 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,” Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom had said last month.
Earlier, the three ODIs and the last three T20Is of the series were scheduled to take place in Belfast. Bready was to host the first two T20 Internationals. ZC is now waiting for the approval from the government and then is expected to announce and confirm the tour.
“We have applied to the Sports and Recreation Commission for permission to travel but we have set August 19 as the departure date. Everything will be announced once we get clearance from the SRC,” ZC Managing Director Givemore Makoni told NewsDay.