Zimbabwe targeting tri-series with Australia and South Africa in 2014

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“We have proposed a triangular series with South Africa and Australia next year after the World T20”

Zimbabwe Cricket have announced that they are planning to hold an ODI tri-series with Australia and South Africa in 2014.

Zimbabwe Cricket managing director Wilfred Mukondiwa also hinted at the possibility of a series against Ireland next year, according to IndependentSport.

The newspaper also reported that Zimbabwe’s home series against Sri Lanka later this year was very unlikely to go ahead as the board is just not in the best of financial situations to host another series after India visited in July and Pakistan in August.

With Zimbabwe Cricket having postponed their series against Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) recently approached the West Indies, New Zealand, Australia and England to fill the gap in their schedule.

“We have proposed a triangular series with South Africa and Australia next year after the World T20, which will be played in Bangladesh,” Mukondiwa said. “We are exploring that option so that it’s more competitive and lucrative. The World T20 and the visit by the two nations are the major events for us next year.”

The Future Tour Programme (FTP) has Australia visiting Zimbabwe for three ODIs in July 2014, while South Africa will play the same number of ODIs when they travel to the African nation soon after, along with two Test matches and a one-off Twenty20 International.

However, Mukondiwa is hoping to replace both ODI series with a tri-series instead.

Mukondiwa added that Zimbabwe Cricket are also planning to host Ireland for an unconfirmed number of four-day matches.

“It is one of the programmes that have been proposed for Full Members, to engage Associate members,” Mukondiwa said. “So Ireland is one of them and, depending on the schedule, playing them is a possibility.

“We played them a couple of years ago and we would be happy to engage them again, but it all depends on the calendar as to where we can slot that in.”

Zimbabwe dominated their series against Ireland in 2010, winning the ODI series 2-1 and drawing the one-off four-day match.

Mukondiwa also stated that Zimbabwe Cricket are starting to look at “more lucrative” options as the board continues to struggle with their financial situation.

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