India likely to tour Zimbabwe in September

Published: Wednesday, March 23, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:India will tour Zimbabwe in September for a two-Test series and could also play a One-day tri-series featuring New Zealand as the third team, Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) president Peter Chingoka said.

Chingoka, who was in New Delhi to attend International Cricket Council (ICC) meetings, confirmed that India would tour Zimbabwe this year.

"We will play two Tests on a reciprocal basis and India would play two in September in Zimbabwe," Chingoka said. "We are working on the itinerary," said the long-standing ZCU chief.

Chingoka also gave ample hints that India would also take part in a One-day tri-series. "New Zealand will also be there at the time," he said.

Asked if that meant that India, Zimbabwe and New Zealand would play a One-day tri-series, Chingoka said: "We will do something different this time."

India had also played a tri-series, with the West Indies being the third team, when they toured the African nation in mid-2001. India had then lost by 16 runs the final of Coca-Cola Cup to Carl Hooper's West Indies.

The tour to Zimbabwe would be just one of several series that India would play in a jam-packed 2005-2006 season.

Soon after the ongoing series with Pakistan ends April 17, Sri Lanka will tour India to play five One-day Internationals.

Sri Lanka will again come to India for a full-fledged Test series this winter after India's tour of Zimbabwe.

Besides playing three Tests this winter, Sri Lanka could also play a tri-series in India with South Africa being the third team.

South Africa toured India in January to play two Tests and returned home with the promise that they would be back to play the five One-day Internationals later in the year. They could tour in October.

After South Africa's visit, India could visit Pakistan either in late December or early January for a return series comprising three Tests and five One-day Internationals.

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan last week confirmed India's return visit to Pakistan.

After returning from Pakistan, the Indian team will play England.

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