Zim­babwe to host Sri Lanka for Tests

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

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.

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