After a lot of controversy and delayed, the BCCI finally accepted to send a team from India to play Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe in July this year. They officially announced that Team India will tour Zimbabwe for a 3 ODI and 2 T20 series which will commence on the 10th of July. In this article, we bring you all the details about the tour including the Schedule of the matches to be played along with the Squads of the teams.
The rift between both boards of cricket which almost led to the tour being cancelled is understood to be, because the BCCI was unhappy with the telecast of the event by the Ten Network which is a subsidiary of the Essel Group. The Essel Group has recently revealed its plan to start a new anti-establishment T20 league which rattled the ICC.
But the issue seems to have been resolved and the BCCI has now already announced the Schedule for India’s tour of Zimbabwe. The BCCI have also announced a second string squad for the tour and has given chances to a lot of young and tried cricketers to prove themselves.
Zimbabwe vs India 2015 Schedule
1st ODI Friday – July 10th – Harare Sports Club – 07:00 (GMT)
2nd ODI Sunday – July 12th – Harare Sports Club – 07:00 (GMT)
3rd ODI Tuesday – July 14th – Harare Sports Club – 07:00 (GMT)
1st T20 Friday – July 17th – Harare Sports Club – 11:00 (GMT)
2nd T20 Sunday – July 19th – Harare Sports Club – 11:00 (GMT)
The Indians have had a bad start to their post World Cup season and were beaten by Bangladesh on their home turf in the limited over series with a 2-1 victory in the series. Though they have had some positives out of the tournament, they will not want to remember it for a long time.
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But the board has given a chance to rest for the senior nationals and has announced a second string squad to tour Zimbabwe. Ajinkya Rahane who was dropped more often than not in the Bangladesh series was suddenly given the captaincy and the whole India team has a new look to it.
The last time these two teams met in Zimbabwe, India whitewashed the hosts 5-0 in an ODI series in the August of 2013.
Ajinkya Rahane (Captain), Stuart Binny, Harbhajan Singh, Dhawal Kulkarni, Murali Vijay, Manish Pandey, Manoj Tiwary, Karn Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Axar Patel, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu and Robin Uthappa.
The Zimbabwe squad for India’s tour is not yet finalized. With the second string Indian team already announced, we can expect the team to be announced sooner rather than later.
Harbhajan Singh is given another life line to get his place back in the national squad after a long time. Robin Uthappa who was given enough chances to prove himself will once again be on the field with an Indian Jersy and this time he will have to keep up to his reputation.
Though the Zimbabwe team has not reached a status of a cricketing power, they are a gritty group of player and will give their everything as was seen in the recently concluded series against Pakistan. They will prove to be a hard team to beat and India should not allow any form of complacency to set in if they are to avoid any further embarrassment like in Bangladesh.