Scotland will host Zimbabwe for a three-match T20I series next month in order to prepare themselves for the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers in Oman.
Scotland, who are clubbed with Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea and Oman in Group B of the qualifiers stage, will get a vision to frame their squad based on their performance against Zimbabwe.
Exciting opportunity for Scotland to play against Zimbabwe: Shane Burger
Scotland head coach Shane Burger said that it will be a great opportunity for his team to present their talent and skills.
“This is an exciting opportunity for us to play a full member country before we set off to the T20 World Cup,” Burger said, as reported by The Scotsman.
“It gives the players a great chance to showcase their skills and allows us as management to find the strongest playing combinations. It will be wonderful to finally have international cricket back being played on home soil in front of our own fans,” Burger added.
Delighted to finally have international cricket back in Scotland: Gus Mackay
Scotland last played against the Netherlands in a two-match ODI series in May, which they drew 1-1. Gus Mackay, chief executive of Cricket Scotland, said he is delighted as international cricket returns in the country.
“We look forward to welcoming Zimbabwe. I’m delighted to finally have international cricket being played in Scotland after a long break,” Mackay said.
The first T20I will be played at The Grange, Edinburgh, on September 15 with the final T20I scheduled on September 19.
Zimbabwe are currently involved in a T20I series against Ireland as they won the first of the three matches by three runs. Craig Ervine and his men defended 117 as they restricted the hosts to 114/9.