Brendan Taylor will lead Zimbabwe © Getty Images
Brendan Taylor will lead Zimbabwe © Getty Images

Zimbabwe will host Australia and Pakistan  in a Twenty20 international (T20I) triangular series scheduled for July. After the triangular series, Pakistan will stay behind for five one-day international (ODI) matches against Zimbabwe. The triangular series will be played at Harare Sports Club in the capital, while Bulawayo’s Queens Sports Club will host the ODI series.

“Following months of negotiations, we are pleased to confirm we will be hosting a T20I triangular series involving Australia and Pakistan, followed by an ODI series against Pakistan,” Zimbabwe Cricket Managing Director Faisal Hasnain said.

“Playing two of the game’s biggest teams will provide us with a very welcome litmus test as we forge ahead with our plans to develop a stronger Zimbabwe side capable of consistently competing and winning against the best,” he added.

Zimbabwe and Pakistan will get the T20I series underway on Sunday, 1 July, with Australia and Pakistan playing each other the following day.

Each team will play four matches in a round-robin format, with the top two sides meeting in the final pencilled in for Sunday, 8 July. The five ODI matches between Zimbabwe and Pakistan are scheduled for 13, 16, 18, 20 and 22 July.