Pakistan confirm Zimbabwe will tour from October
The Pakistan Cricket Board have confirmed they will welcome Zimbabwe for a T20 series as well as both countries first Cricket World Cup ODI Super League matches.
Zimbabwe will visit Pakistan for three ODIs, followed by as many T20Is. The ODI series begins on 30 October and forms part of the 2023 Cricket World Cup qualification pathway.
Zimbabwe will tour Pakistan
Having been granted permission by their government to travel to Pakistan Zimbabwe Cricket have assembled their players for a training camp in Harare.
The PCB welcomed the Zimbabwe tour which they hope will prove to the world that it is safe to tour Pakistan.
“The confirmation of the series schedule against Zimbabwe after having successfully hosted Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, as well as Marylebone Cricket Club and HBL Pakistan Super League V, in the 2019-20 season not only strengthens Pakistan’s reputation as a safe and secure country but also a healthy one after having successfully overcome the Covid-19 pandemic,” PCB Director – International Cricket, Zakir Khan said.
“This series is critical to Pakistan as it aspires to qualify directly for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 and, as such, every point in the Super League will count. Our last ODI series was against Sri Lanka, 12 months ago, so the boys will have to hit the ground running and try to pocket maximum points.
“We have strategically scheduled Zimbabwe’s matches in Multan and Rawalpindi, the venues which will be hosting the National T20 Cup from 30 September to 18 October. By the time Zimbabwe arrives, we would have gained enough experience on bio-securing hotels, player transportation, the venues and the players’ dressing rooms as the delivery of this series will be under strict Covid-19 protocols to ensure the health and safety of all participants.”
Back in action
While Pakistan played a Test and T20I series in England, Zimbabwe haven’t been in action since their visit to Bangladesh in March.
“We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to our Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, the Honourable Kirsty Coventry, the SRC (Sports and Recreation Commission) and the entire Government of Zimbabwe for authorising the tour,” said Zimbabwe Cricket chairman Tavenga Mukuhlani.
“Needless to say, we at ZC are bursting with excitement as we look forward to playing cricket again and representing our nation with pride and passion in Pakistan.”
Zimbabwe tour to Pakistan schedule
30 October – 1st ODI, Multan
1 November – 2nd ODI, Multan
3 November – 3rd ODI, Multan
7 November – 1st T20I, Rawalpindi
8 November – 2nd T20I, Rawalpindi
10 November – 3rd T20I, Rawalpindi
Shaheen Afridi relishes his Pakistan new-ball partnership with Hasan Ali
Shaheen Afridi has 44 Test wickets to his name this year while Hasan Ali has 39.
Virat Kohli dismissal sparks furious debate over TV umpires and DRS
Virat Kohli fumes as TV umpires makes questionable call.
On this day in cricket history: Muttiah Muralitharan breaks Test wickets world record
The all-time great Sri Lanka off-spinner reached the landmark by bowling Paul Collingwood in the first Test against England in Kandy.
Andrew Gale and Martyn Moxon among 16 to leave Yorkshire due to racism crisis
The county have parted company with their entire coaching team in the wake of Azeem Rafiq racism investigation.
Ben Stokes enjoys valuable batting practice during Ashes warm-up match
The all-rounder has been playing for the first time since taking an indefinite break from all cricket in July to prioritise his mental well-being.
Glenn Maxwell upbeat on Australia Test recall chances with Asian tours looming
Maxwell keeps red-ball hopes alive.
Marnus Labuschagne not fazed by Australia captaincy snub focused on batting
Labuschagne is an emerging leader but wants to focus on his batting.
Virat Kohli seeks ‘absolute clarity’ about Test tour of South Africa
Will it or won’t it?
Chris Woakes wants racism and sexting scandals left out of Ashes sledging
The build-up to the first Test has been overshadowed by racism and sexism scandals.
Alex Carey replaces Tim Paine in Australia’s squad for first two Ashes Tests
Maiden Test awaits experienced ODI and T20I wicketkeeper-batsman.