England will host Zimbabwe for a four-day Test in May 2025, which will be the first Test match between the two sides since June 2003. The games will be played from May 28 to 31 but the venue is yet to be confirmed.

Overall both have played each other’s character in six testsZimbabwe hosted England in the longer format in 1996 and toured the UK for two matches each in 2000 and 2003. The teams have not played a bilateral series against each other in any format since 2004Relations between the two boards broke down due to political tensions arising from issues in Zimbabwe under the Robert Mugabe government.

England lost points at the 2003 World Cup after refusing to travel to Harare to play Zimbabwe, and in 2005 the ECB suspended bilateral agreements with Zimbabwe on the advice of the government. Relations between the two countries have improved in recent years, leading to the resumption of dialogue between the two. Two cricket boards.

This will be Zimbabwe’s second four-day Test match – they played South Africa. Day-night four-day match at Gakebarha in December 2017, England have played two four-day Tests, both against Ireland 2019 And 2023,

ECB Chief Executive Richard Gould said of the development: “We are delighted to be able to host Zimbabwe for the first men’s Test match in two decades. Zimbabwe’s cricketing history is proud and has produced world-class players and coaches. have done.” Enriched the game around the world.

“We are committed to developing a closer relationship with Zimbabwe Cricket and the announcement of this Test against our England men’s team is a step in that ambition.”

ZC Managing Director, Givmore Makoni, said: “We are delighted to be playing bilateral cricket in England for the first time in two decades after agreeing to play Test matches in May 2025.

“The importance and magnitude of this tour cannot be overemphasized, and I would like to thank the ECB for having committed to restarting cricketing ties between our countries since the beginning of the game in Zimbabwe.” I want to give. 1890s.

“The experience of playing a Test match against a top team like England is huge for our current generation of players, coming at a time when our game is on the rise overall.”

England were the only one of the 12 ICC Full Members not to play Zimbabwe in a bilateral series as per the 2022–2027 future tour schedule. For the ECB, the move is part of a concerted effort to re-establish itself as an ally of Full Member nations, who were previously ignored for Test cricket.

England are also scheduled to play five home Tests against India in the home summer of 2025, while Lord’s is to host the World Test Championship final.


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