cricket team.jpgAll is set, with a lot at stake when Zimbabwe and Ireland lock horns in a four day Inter-Continental Cup cricket match starting at Harare Sports Club tomorrow.

The Zimbabwe A side will be hoping to replicate the spell binding performance that saw them standing tall in their last Inter Continental Cup wins over the Netherlands and Canada.

With top spot on the standings within sight should the hosts win with bonus points, Zimbabwe A coach Steve Mangongo however reckons the showdown will be no stroll in the park and is weary of the threat posed by Ireland.

Ireland coach, Phil Simmons who coached the Zimbabwe national team a few years ago echoed Mangongo’s sentiments that the match will be a very tough contest.

Zimbabwe Cricket, has since announced that it will return to the Test arena with a home series against Bangladesh next May.

 A victory by a second string side over Ireland, one of the strongest ICC level two nations, will without doubt provide a big boost to Zimbabwe’s confidence ahead of the return to the Test fold.

Zimbabwe has however managed to protect its ICC Full Members’ status despite a five year absence from the Test arena. As for Ireland, they desperately need to win the match to keep their prospects of a fourth Inter Continental Cup title on track, which will at the same time strengthen their bid for Test status.