Zimbabwe to host Sri Lanka for Tests
Harare, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe will host their first Test in over two years when they play Sri Lanka in a two-match series starting on January 19. This will also be their first assignment since the ICC reinstated their membership following a threemonth suspension last July.
Sean Williams will lead the new squad that will be picked based on performances in the Logan Cup, Zimbabwe's firstclass competition that is currently underway, and assemble together on Thursday to start training. "For us, it's a new beginning, a new chapter," head coach Lalchand Rajput said. "And it's good that we are starting off with the long version which always brings the best out of players."
Although Zimbabwe continued to play through the time they were penalised by the ICC, they haven't gone through the rigours of a Test since November 2018, when they went to Bangladesh and secured their first win away from home in 18 years.
Given that, Rajput put a premium on his players' form in domestic cricket and hoped they would hit the ground running against Sri Lanka. "It's important to have players performing well in first-class cricket," he said.
The Harare Sports Club will host both matches, the second one starting on January 27.
Chamu Chibhabha has been picked to lead in ODIs and T20Is on an 'interim' basis.