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Zimbabwe to tour Bangladesh for tri-series despite ICC ban
Bangladesh Tri-Series

Zimbabwe to tour Bangladesh for tri-series despite ICC ban

Bangladesh will host a tri-nations T20I series involving Zimbabwe and Afghanistan from September 13-24, the Bangladesh Cricket Board confirmed on Thursday.

This will be Zimbabwe's first assignment since facing suspension by the International Cricket Council for excessive "political interference" last month.

The ICC sanction on Zimbabwe in July has put into doubt the country's participation in ICC events but they will continue to play bilateral series.

An ODI series or a single match is also being proposed between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, which reportedly will form as part of BCB's plans to give a send-off to skipper Mashrafe Mortaza.

"We have been informed by the concerned officials that there is no bar on Zimbabwe playing in bilateral matches. They are only suspended from ICC events. This is why we included them in the series," BCB spokesman Jalal Yunus said.

Afghanistan, meanwhile, are in line to play their third Test match after being granted Test status two years ago as they will take on Bangladesh at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on September 5.

Initially, it was decided that Bangladesh will play a bilateral series with Afghanistan but Zimbabwe was added among the participants after a request from the country's board.

Zimbabwe will arrive in Bangladesh on September 8 and will face BCB XI for a practice game before kicking off their tournament against the home side five days later.

The tri-nations series will include a double-league phase played in Dhaka and Chittagong before the final takes place in Dhaka.