The Zimbabwe Cricket team have acquired permission from their government to tour Pakistan for three One Day Internationals and T20Is each next month. The ODI series will be taking place entirely in Multan and will be part of the ICC Men’s ODI Super League, while the three T20Is will be played at Rawalpindi.
Zimbabwe Cricket chairman Tavenga Mukuhlani said, “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. 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.”
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A 25-member preliminary squad has been called up for a training camp, which is scheduled to take place at Harare starting from the 25th of September.
The Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed the development as well. Zakir Khan, PCB director for International Cricket, 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,” he added.
The tour is slated to be underway from the 30th of October, with the three ODIs being played on the 30th of October and the 1st and 3rd of November. The T20I series will begin 4 days after the ODI series, with matches being played on the 7th, 8th and 10th of November. The entire series will be played behind closed doors.