PCB confirm that Zim visit is still a go


Zimbabwe's tour to Pakistan is still on the cards, after much confusion this week, when the Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed a newspaper report out of Zimbabwe that new security measures were deemed sufficient.

Thursday saw the tour cancelled, and then 20 minutes later that ZC statement retracted, and on Friday the Zimbabwe Herald reported that tour was still on after new 'concrete' security plans had been put in place.

The PCB then tweeted: "Breaking News: ZIM will tour Pakistan according to schedule..! #PakvZim #PCB #Cricket"

The Herald had quoted a 'source' close to the negotiations, who said: "We can tell you that the word is from Pakistan that all mountains will be moved to ensure that the Zimbabwe team is safe."

The tour is set to be the first international series in Pakistan since 2009, with teams kept away for fear of being attacked by terrorists, like the Sri Lanka team bus had been in 2008.

There had been a bombing in Karachi earlier this week, which threw the status of the tour in the air again, and this was after the international players union FICA, and the Zimbabwe Foreign Office, deemed the situation too dangerous.

But the cricket authorities, including ZC boss Alistair Campbell, visited Pakistan earlier this month and were happy with the plans for the series in Lahore, which included helicopter-escorted team buses.