Zimbabwe Cricket managing director Ozias Bvute believes the team could make a Test comeback earlier than the six months to two years determined by the ICC.
The International Cricket Council announced that timeframe at a two-day meeting in Australia last week after an ICC-appointed task force headed by West Indies board president Julian Hunte presented an interim report on the state of the sport in Zimbabwe.
Bvute is happy with the process and told The Associated Press his organization was making plans to prepare the team to return.
"Our timetable is in tandem with theirs. I think it's a fair reflection of what's on the ground, we don't dispute that," Bvute said. "Although we have seen improvements in the team's performance, it's however too early to say whether we are ready. It could be early, it could be not.
"We will endeavor to shorten the period. We obviously have programs set up to make that possible. That includes playing in leagues in other countries. I'm glad that the Indian board has been kind enough to allow us to participate in their league (the Deodhar Trophy in March)."
Zimbabwe retained its ICC status last year but agreed to withdraw from the Twenty20 World Cup in England this June after the British government indicated it wouldn't grant visas to the team in protest at the country's deteriorating political and economic situation.