The Afghanistan national cricket team will play a series of matches against Zimbabwe next month.

The Afghanistan circket board (ACB) announced Tuesday that the series will start from 18th July which will include four one day international (ODI) and two test matches.

ACB officials said the series between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe was organized after long efforts by the cricket board of Afghanistan.

The Afghan team was also supposed to play a number of Twenty20 matches against Zimbabwe; however, the decision was later changed as ODI and test matches were considered vital in a bid to prepare for the ICC World Cup 2015.

The ODI matches are scheduled to be organized on 18th, 20th, 21st and 24th of July, while the two test matches will be played on 27th July and 2nd August, the officials said.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) Chief Executive, Dr. Noor Mohammad Murad said the upcoming series against Zimbabwe is a major event for the Afghan team.

Dr. Murad said the series has been organized with an aim to prepare the Afghan team for the ICC World Cup 2015.