Richard Zimunya, Sports Reporter
ZIMBABWE women cricket team is set to host Thailand, Ireland and Rwanda next month as part of their preparations ahead of forthcoming African T20 World Cup qualifications.
The African T20 World Cup qualifying tournament is set to be played in September and will be hosted by Botswana.
Zimbabwe Cricket spokesperson Darlington Majonga confirmed the coming of Thailand, Ireland and Rwanda next month.
“It is a bit premature to talk of the dates when we are hosting these nations but it is true we intend to host those nations.
“As you know we are operating in a very difficult situation but we have applied to the Sport and Recreation Committee for permission.
“So we are still waiting for them to come back to us, once that is finalized we will definitely announce the schedule,” Majonga told H Metro Sport yesterday.
Majonga added that the hosting of those proposed tours is in preparation for the coming Africa qualifier tournament in Botswana and Global Qualifiers tournament.
“There is the Africa qualifier tournament which will be held in Botswana in September that is one we are preparing for.
“Also in December there will be the big one, the Global Qualifiers from which two teams will proceed to the Women’s 50 World Cup, so in order for us to do well there we need good preparations and that includes organizing such games like these,” he said.
So far this year, Zimbabwe has hosted Pakistan and South African emerging sides to improve game time for the Lady Chevrons.
Majonga said, as Zimbabwe Cricket, they hope the intended games will be given greenlight.
“What is important above all this is the health and wellbeing of our coaching staff and everyone who is involved in the game including the fans.
“So these are critical issues that we are looking at and we will remain guided by SRC on how to proceed.
“On our party we be happy to have these games proceeding so that our ladies have more preparation time to make it to the World Cup.”