Bangladesh will host Zimbabwe for a tri-nations Twenty20 tournament in September despite the African nation being suspended by the game's world body, an official of the Bangladesh Cricket Board said Thursday.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) suspended Zimbabwe in July over a failure to keep the sport free from government interference, putting the country's participation in multi-nation events in doubt.
"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 told AFP.
Afghanistan are the third team in the tournament scheduled to be held from 13 to 24 September.
Bangladesh were originally scheduled to play a bilateral series against Afghanistan in September, but officials said Zimbabwe had been included in the series following a request from the strife-torn country.
The tri-series will be preceded by Afghanistan's maiden Test match against Bangladesh in Chattogram from 5 to 9 September.
30 Aug: Afghanistan arrive in Bangladesh
1-2 Sept: Two-day practice match between Afghanistan XI and BCB XI in Chattogram
5-9 Sept: First and only Test between Bangladesh and Afghanistan in Chattogram
8 Sept: Zimbabwe arrive in Bangladesh
11 Sept: T20 practice match between Zimbabwe XI and BCB XI in Fatullah
13 Sept: Bangladesh v Zimbabwe tri-nation T20I in Dhaka
14 Sept: Afghanistan v Zimbabwe tri-nation T20I in Dhaka
15 Sept: Bangladesh v Afghanistan tri-nation T20I in Dhaka
18 Sept: Bangladesh v Zimbabwe tri-nation T20I in Chattogram
20 Sept: Afghanistan v Zimbabwe tri-nation T20I in Chattogram
21 Sept: Bangladesh v Afghanistan tri-nation T20I in Chattogram
24 Sept: Final of tri-nation T20I in Dhaka