The Derbyshire players are putting their final preparations in place ahead of their tour to Zimbabwe next month.
The squad and coaches will be based in Bulawayo for most of their three-week stay, starting on Sunday 8 March, where they will play a total of six matches, across three formats, against strong opposition.
The team will also intersperse regular training sessions with community-focused activities and training sessions with local clubs, as well as a visit to Victoria Falls.
The players will return to Derby on Sunday 29 March, three weeks before the County Championship opener against Leicestershire at The Pattonair County Ground.
Zimbabwe Tour match schedule:
Wednesday 11 March: Evening Reception with British Ambassador to Zimbabwe
Saturday 14 March: T20 vs Zimbabwe Select XI
Sunday 15 March: T20 vs Zimbabwe Select XI
Tuesday 17 March: 50-Over match vs Zimbabwe Select XI
Thursday 19 March: 50-Over match vs Zimbabwe Select XI
Sat 21 – Mon 23 March: Three-Day match vs Chairman’s XI
Wed 25 – Fri 27 March: Three-Day match vs Zimbabwe Select XI
Head of Cricket, Dave Houghton said: “We will be facing some strong opposition during the tour, which will provide ideal preparation for the 2020 season.
“We also want to give the players some life experiences because as cricketers, we can become solely focused on the game sometimes and it’s important to make the most of these opportunities.
“Hopefully this tour will open the door for further English County tours in future, which may help Zimbabwe Cricket get back on its feet.”
Last game of the Bangladesh tour is March 11th, same they the tour officially starts with the dinner thing, 1st game is a t20 on the 14th.
I’m eager to see what way ZC go squad wise, do they play their best players and get some decent match practice in before Ireland arrive, which is a very important series. Or do they try out some younger guys who they want to test against stronger opposition?
They could decide to go with younger guys at the start of the tour before playing the big guns in the last couple of 3 Day matches. Looking at it now it would have been better for Zimbabwe to have the tour the other way round, try the younger guys out in the 3 Day matches, then bring the big guns back for the 50 over & t20 matches in prep for Ireland