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The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have confirmed that Zimbabwe will tour the country for three ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals next month.
The ODIs will be held on November 7, 9 and 11, while the two Twenty20 Internationals will be played on November 13 and 15. All five matches will be played at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
Zimbabwe were originally scheduled to tour Bangladesh in January next year for two Tests, three ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals, but the BCB requested them to move the series forward after Australia cancelled their two-Test tour on October 1 due to security concerns.
The BCB also confirmed that the two-Test series against Zimbabwe will be held in January as originally scheduled.
“We have been playing well in ODIs this year but a long break would have hurt our consistency,” Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza told reporters. “It would have been tough to hold on to the good form. So in that sense, this ODI series will really help us as it cuts down on the break.
“We know Zimbabwe well and we have a good record against them. I am hoping that we can hold on to our winning consistency. To be honest, I would have been happy if the Australia series took place but it wasn’t in our hands. I thank both boards for organising this series so quickly.”