Zimbabwe will renew their longstanding rivalry with Bangladesh via a Test match outing at home in the month of July.
It will be the first time since 2013 that Zimbabwe will be hosting Bangladesh in a Test match. The hosts have clinched victories in five of their seven previous outings, including one defeat and one draw.
Overall, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe have played 17 Tests against each other and have enjoyed an equal share of wins (7-7) with three draws.
With time, the two cricket nations have taken a completely different route in terms of progress at the international stage, with Bangladesh becoming more competitive against top-ranked sides and Zimbabwe suffering a sad decline.
However, the home team will certainly take a lot of confidence from their impressive record in familiar conditions against the tourists and thus making the one-off clash that much harder to predict.
Complete squads for ZIM vs BAN Only Test
Zimbabwe selectors chose to retain the core of the squad that suffered a disappointing 2-0 sweep at the hands of Pakistan earlier in the year. The hosts led by Sean Williams have also brought back Tendai Chatara to their roster, besides making four uncapped inclusions in the form of Joylord Gumbie, Takudzwanashe Kaitano, Chivanga Tanaka and Dion Myers.
Regis Chakabva, Tendai Chatara, Tendai Chisoro, Tanaka Chivanga, Craig Ervine, Luke Jongwe, Roy Kaia, Kevin Kasuza, Timycen Maruma, Wellington Masakadza, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, Victor Nyauchi, Milton Shumba, Brendan Taylor, Donald Tiripano, Sean Williams (C), Joylord Gumbie, Takudzwanashe Kaitano, Dion Myers.
For Bangladesh, the returns of Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah was the biggest news to have come out of their Test squad selection. Shakib, Bangladesh’s greatest all-round cricketer, has made a comeback after missing the Tests against Sri Lanka in April-May.
The selectors opted to give Mahmudullah the nod after more than a year’s gap in the Test side. The middle-order right-hand batsman has been brought back due to injury concerns that Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim have been carrying. The selectors didn’t want to take a chance and thus have kept Mahmudullah as a backup option on the batting front.
Mominul Haque (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Shadman Islam, Saif Hassan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Yasir Ali, Nurul Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Nayeem Hasan, Abu Jayed, Taskin Ahmed, Ebadat Hossain, Shoriful Islam
Date and Venue for ZIM vs BAN Only Test
Queens Sports Club ground in Bulawayo will host the standalone Test match, which kicks off next Wednesday (July 7).
ZIM vs BAN Live Streaming and Where to Watch:
Fancode is likely to provide the live streaming for Zimbabwe-Bangladesh Test match as well as the white-ball leg of the tour, comprising 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is.