Zimbabwe will travel to Sri Lanka for the first time in 15 years later this month for a series of five One-Day Internationals and a Test match, Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed on Saturday.
The tour will start on June 30 with the first ODI at Galle International Stadium, which will host its first limited-overs match in 17 years. The last ODI played in Galle was in June 2000, when Sri Lanka beat South Africa by 37 runs.Galle has hosted only four ODIs to date, all in the 1999-2000 season.
After the first and second ODIs in Galle, the action will shift to the refurbished Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium in Hambantota, where the remaining matches will be held. The Test match will be played at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo from July 14.
Sri Lanka, currently No. 8 in ICC’s ODI rankings, last took on Zimbabwe, ranked No. 11, in the tri-nation series in Bulawayo and Harare in November last year, with Windies as the third team. Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe by eight wickets in their first round-robin match and then they had one washed-out fixture before facing each other again in the final where Sri Lanka won by six wickets.
Zimbabwe have never won a Test or ODI in Sri Lanka.
In Tests, Sri Lanka are at No. 7 in the ICC rankings, while Zimbabwe are bottom of the ten-team pile. The last time Zimbabwe were involved in Test cricket was, incidentally, against Sri Lanka, in Harare in late 2016, when they lost both matches of the two-Test series comprehensively.
June 30: First ODI in Galle
July 2: Second ODI in Galle
July 6: Third ODI in Hambantota
July 8: Fourth ODI in Hambantota
July 10: Fifth ODI in Hambantota
July 14 – 18: One-off Test in Colombo