The Irish cricket team arrives in Harare on Saturday after defying calls by the British government to boycott their tour of Zimbabwe on moral grounds.
Britain and Australia have been leading calls for cricketing nations to boycott Zimbabwe because they are unhappy with the country’s human rights record.
Scotland bowed down to pressure from Britain last week and called off a proposed tour to Zimbabwe.
But the Irish have defied the advice, calling up a 14-strong squad that will play with Zimbabwe’s A team in the Intercontintal Cup tournament starting Monday and then a one day international with the national team.
Zimbabwe Cricket media manager Jeffrey Murimbechi tells VOA Studio 7 reporter Marvellous Mhlanga Nyahuye the tour will strengthen both Zimbabwe and Ireland ahead of their participation in the World Cup in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka five months from now