ZC has now set August 19 as the new departure date, subject to government clearance
Zimbabwe’s white-ball tour of Ireland has been postponed and could take place in August-September as Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) awaits clearance from the government to travel to Ireland. The tour, comprising three ODIs and five T20Is, was originally scheduled to begin on August 6, with the first ODI in Belfast, but was postponed because of complications around Covid-19 protocols.
“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,” Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom had said in a release last month.
“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.”
The three ODIs and the last three T20Is were to be played in Belfast whereas the first two T20Is were originally scheduled for Bready. ZC has now set August 19 as the new departure date, subject to government clearance.
“We have applied to the Sports and Recreation Commission for permission to travel but we have set August 19 as the departure date,” ZC managing director Givemore Makoni told NewsDay. “Everything will be announced once we get clearance from the SRC.”