Harare:Ireland has agreed to add three one-day cricket internationals in Zimbabwe beside their Intercontinental Cup match in October.
Ireland's announcement on Wednesday ended speculation on the venue of the Intercontinental Cup match.
Zimbabwe, which withdrew from tests in 2006, was admitted to the Intercontinental Cup for second-tier nations but only on the understanding that its four home games are played in neutral countries.
However, Zimbabwe Cricket managing director Ozias Bvute told The Associated Press that the Irish have not only agreed to play the Intercontinental match against a second-string Zimbabwe XI in the troubled Southern African nation, but have added three one-dayers against the full Zimbabwe side to the itinerary, likely in late September.
"When we were admitted to the Intercontinental Cup, we agreed to play our home games elsewhere," Bvute said. "Subsequently, we let the ICC aware that we were no longer comfortable playing our home games away since the conditions that existed when we agreed to play away no longer existed."
In line with some political reforms in the country, Zimbabwe cricket has been improving following divisive squabbling between players and administrators.
Zimbabwe will use the Ireland matches to prepare for its tour of South Africa, which begins with the first of two Twenty20s on Oct. 8. They will then play three ODIs in Bloemfontein, Potschefstroom and Benoni.
Zimbabwe is preparing to return to test cricket next May with a home series against Bangladesh.