Zimbabwe Cricket announced on Tuesday (August 15) that they will tour England for a bilateral series for the first time since 2003. From May 28–31, 2025, the two teams will compete in a four-day Test match. The match’s location has not yet been chosen.
The last time Zimbabwe visited England, the hosts won both innings of the two-match Test series, which they won by an identical score. After that, Zimbabwe participated in an ODI tri-series with England and South Africa.
Speaking on the choice “We are absolutely delighted to be playing bilateral cricket in England for the first time in more than two decades after we agreed to play a Test match in May 2025,” stated Givemore Makoni, Managing Director of Zimbabwe Cricket.
The importance and scale of this tour cannot be overstated, and I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the ECB for agreeing to resume cricketing ties between our nations that go back to the game’s inception in Zimbabwe in the 1890s.
“At a time when our game as a whole is on the upswing, the experience of playing a Test match against a quality team like England is massive for the current generation of our players.
“Everyone involved with cricket in Zimbabwe will look back on this tour as historic, and we are already anticipating some thrilling play on the pitch of play.”
For the first time in 20 years, Zimbabwe will play home to a men’s Test match, said Richard Gould, chief executive of the ECB. Zimbabwe has a proud history in cricket and has produced players and coaches of the highest caliber who have improved the game all around the world.
“We are determined to improve our ties with Zimbabwe Cricket, and the scheduling of this Test matchup with the men’s England side is a step in that direction.
“While we must be mindful of the demands of the world cricket schedule, we also want to help grow Test cricket and find opportunities to play more nations where we can,” the Ashes series this summer said.