Reports: Zimbabwe to tour Pakistan in May


According to reports, Zimbabwe look set to be the first side to tour Pakistan, to play five One-Day Internationals (ODI), since a visit by Sri Lanka, in 2009, was cut short because they were attacked by militants.

The tour could go ahead as early as next month if the two cricket boards can come to an agreement on the venue and security details.

According to a source that has close ties with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the matches will be played in Lahore and Karachi, with the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore and Southend private club in Karachi the favoured venues at this stage.

The source said: "In Lahore the matches will be played at the Gaddafi stadium but in Karachi for security reasons the PCB is considering the Southend private club as a possible venue.

"The feeling is that hosting matches at the National stadium could prove to be a security problem so Southend is being considered as a option."

In 2009 the Sri Lanka team bus came under fire from gunmen as eight people, six policemen and two civilians, were killed, while six Sri Lanka players were wounded in the attack.

No International cricket has been played in Pakistan ever since.