Chevrons to tour England after 23 years

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In a significant step towards renewed diplomatic and sporting ties, Zimbabwe and England have agreed to a historic cricket tour, the first such development since 2003.

The two nations have paved the way for a four-day men’s Test match scheduled for 28-31 May 2025, at a venue yet to be confirmed.

This breakthrough in cricket relations comes as a result of concerted efforts to overcome the strains caused by the long-standing sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe.

Discussions between Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have culminated in an agreement to resume cricketing engagements between the two countries.

Givemore Makoni, Managing Director of Zimbabwe Cricket, expressed his elation at the prospect of the upcoming bilateral cricket tour:

“We are absolutely delighted to be playing bilateral cricket in England for the first time in over two decades after we agreed to play a Test match in May 2025.

“The significance and magnitude of this tour cannot be overemphasised, and I would like to say a huge thank you to the ECB for committing to the resumption of cricketing relations between our countries that date back to the introduction of the game in Zimbabwe in the 1890s.”

Makoni underscored the invaluable experience this tour will provide for the current generation of Zimbabwean players, especially against a formidable team like England.

The tour marks a crucial moment for Zimbabwean cricket, coinciding with a period of growth and advancement within the sport.

Richard Gould, CEO of the England and Wales Cricket Board, shared his enthusiasm for hosting Zimbabwe for a men’s Test match after two decades.
Gould recognised Zimbabwe’s rich cricket history and its contribution to the global cricketing community:

“Zimbabwe has a proud cricket history and has produced world-class players and coaches who have enriched the game across the world.”

Gould reiterated the ECB’s commitment to strengthening ties with Zimbabwe Cricket, asserting that the announcement of the Test match signifies a step towards realizing that ambition.

“The positive impact of promoting Test cricket and exploring opportunities to engage with more cricketing nations,” He said.

Both nations are gearing up for an eagerly anticipated Test match that not only celebrates their shared cricketing heritage but also marks a fresh chapter in their re-engagement efforts.

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