Scotland will host Zimbabwe in two One Day Internationals at The Grange, Edinburgh this summer as part of an action-packed fortnight of international cricket on home soil.
Following the Intercontinental Cup match with Namibia in Ayr (6th – 9th June) and the two 50 over World Cricket League Championship clashes with the same opponents at The Grange on Sunday 11th and Tuesday 13th June Scotland will head straight in to the two match ODI series with Zimbabwe.
The matches will take place at The Grange on Thursday 15th June and Saturday 17th June.
Zimbabwe, now coached by former international fast bowler Heath Streak, travel to Edinburgh to take on Scotland for the first time since the sides met in India during the ICC World T20 in 2016 when Zimbabwe ran out winners by 11 runs.
That meeting at the 2016 WT20 was, in fact, the only ever competitive international match between the two nations. The sides’ only ever 50 over match took place in 2007 when a Scotland XI played Zimbabwe in Potchefstroom, Ryan Watson captained the side and scored a half century as Zimbabwe recorded a 5-wicket win.
The sides’ have only ever met on two other occasions, the first took place in Scotland in 1985 when Langloan hosted a 3-day match which was then shortened by weather to a one day and one innings match as a 19-year-old Graeme Hick picked up the wickets of Russell, Duthie, Snodgrass and Ker in a 70-run win for the visitors.
Cricket Scotland CEO Malcolm Cannon was delighted to confirm the matches against Zimbabwe saying “Securing home international matches against a Full Member nation is something we have all worked tirelessly on over the past 18 months so I am delighted we have managed to make these matches a reality. The squad will relish the opportunity to put in some winning performances in front of a passionate home crowd.”
Scotland Head Coach Grant Bradburn was equally delighted with the confirmation of the home series with Zimbabwe, “ This is brilliant for Cricket Scotland to be able to host a home series against a full member nation. This will be the first Full Member ODI that I have been involved in outside of a World Cup. The players will be desperate to match their skills against Zimbabwe on home soil. ”