Zimbabwe will play three internationals and as many Twenty20 Internationals, starting 30 September
Zimbabwe will play three internationals and as many Twenty20 Internationals, starting 30 September

Zimbabwe cricket team coach Lalchand Rajput is putting the players through rigorous grind ahead of the team’s limited-over tour of South Africa consisting  three one-day internationals and as many Twenty20 Internationals, starting on 30 September.

“I’m happy that we’ve a two-month break before that South Africa tour,” he said. “We’re having a good camp, we’re really putting pressure on the players in terms of workload. The first month, we said that, if we want to really compete at the international level, we’ve to work hard. And the boys have really responded well.”

After the last T20I in South Africa on 14 October, the team will immediately set off for Bangladesh, where they will play three ODIs and two Tests, starting with the first ODI in Dhaka on 21 October.

“After the last T20I in South Africa on 14 October, the team will immediately set off for Bangladesh, where they will play three ODIs and two Tests, starting with the first ODI in Dhaka on 21 October,” said Rajput.

Earlier, Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) in a press release had stated that they will not be renewing ‘almost all staff contracts’ which will conclude on 31 August 2018 as part of the their cricket structure and financial strategy.

Later, Blessing Muzarabani, the 21-year-old Zimbabwe fast bowler, decided to pursue a career in England. Player discontent is at an all-time high as Zimbabwe took the field without five of their top players – Brendan Taylor, Graeme Cremer, Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams and Craig Ervine – in the recently concluded T20 triangular series against Australia and Pakistan at home. On the eve of the Pakistan ODIs, Malcolm Waller pulled out of the squad as well.