Scotland will play two one-day internationals against Zimbabwe in Edinburgh this summer. Both matches will be played at The Grange on the 15th and 17th June.
These fixtures are welcome, coming off a sparse calendar for the Scots, after last year’s ICC World Twenty20 in India.
Prior to the African side’s visit, Scotland will host Namibia in two separate formats of the game, participating in both Intercontinental Cup and One Day Internationals.
The Scots, who will also play two warm-up matches against Sri Lanka in Kent in May, will play an Intercontinental Cup match against Namibia in Ayr from the 6th to the 9th June.
Following the I-Cup game at Cambusdoon the teams will play two 50-over World Cricket League Championship clashes in the capital at The Grange, on Sunday 11th and Tuesday 13th of June.
The Saltires will then head straight into a two-match One-Day Internationals series with Zimbabwe in Stockbridge on the Thursday and Saturday.
Zimbabwe, coached by former international fast bowler Heath Streak, travel to Edinburgh to take on Scotland for the first time since the sides met in India during the ICC World T20 in 2016 when the southern African’s ran out winners by 11 runs.
That meeting at the 2016 WT20 was the first competitive international match played between the two nations.
The sides’ only ever 50-over match took place in 2007 when a Scotland XI played Zimbabwe in Potchefstroom, South Africa.
Ryan Watson captained the side and scored a half-century in the 5-wicket loss.
The only other match took place in Scotland in 1985 when Langloan hosted a three-day match – which was shortened by weather to a one-day and one innings match. It featured a 19-year-old Graeme Hick, which the visitors won by 70 runs.
Cricket Scotland CEO Malcolm Cannon was delighted to confirm the matches against Zimbabwe.
He said: “Securing home international matches against a Full Member nation is something we have all worked tirelessly on over the past 18 months.
“I am delighted we have managed to make these matches a reality. The squad will relish the opportunity to put in some winning performances in front of a passionate home crowd.”
Scotland Head Coach Grant Bradburn was equally delighted with the confirmation of the home series with Zimbabwe.
“This is brilliant for Cricket Scotland to be able to host a home series against a full member nation,” said Bradburn.
“This will be the first Full Member ODI that I have been involved in outside of a World Cup.”
“The players will be desperate to match their skills against Zimbabwe on home soil,” he added.
Cricket Scotland will shortly release details on ticketing and available packages for both the World Cricket League Championship matches v Namibia and the ODIs with Zimbabwe.