By Skilder Makona
The Zimbabwe women cricket team, the Lady Chevrons are not leaving anything to chance as they prepare for their crunch series against Pakistan which begins at the Harare Sports Club on the 11th of this month.
Having gone for almost two years without competitive action, the Zimbabwe senior women cricket team has something to smile about, after the Sports and Recreation Commission gave them the go ahead to play Pakistan.
Pakistan who are currently on tour in South Africa, will make a stop-over in Zimbabwe for the five-match series which will be hosted under a bio-secure bubble, with no spectators allowed, as part of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.
“The approval by the government came as a major boost for us since it has been almost two years without game time at international level. Also we are eyeing World Cup qualification and ODI status hence we are very elated to be back in action. We are grateful for the tour and we are looking forward to it. Morale is high in camp, the girls are showing signs of hunger for the game and they are raring to go,” Lady Chevrons Head Coach Adam Chifo said.
Zimbabwe will host Pakistan in three One Day Internationals-ODIs from the 11th to the 15th before concluding the series with two T20s on the 18th and 20th of this month at the ceremonial home of cricket, Harare Sports Club.
The five-match series will mark the first time the Lady Chevrons will be involved in international cricket since May 2019, ending two years of inactivity.
Zimbabwe and Pakistan will be using the tour as part of their preparations for this year’s ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier, a 10-team tournament that will be held in June and July.
The top three teams from that qualifying event will progress to the 50-over ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand next year.
Zimbabwe Cricket has also set up regional competitions for both men and women which will be held in a bio-secure bubble that will see Northerns and Southerns clashing across all formats of the game as part of preparations for the Pakistan tour.
Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe senior men national cricket team, the Chevrons are set to tour Afghanistan next month for two Test matches and three T20 international games.