Pakistan Likely To Host Zimbabwe In May
In a decision that will hugely boost cricket in their country, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has chalked up a plan to host Zimbabwe for a series next month.
According to reports, the tentative itinerary comprising three One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20s has been sent by the PCB to the Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU).
Revealing the development a senior PCB official claimed the primary concern for the ZCU was the security of their players which will be discussed by the two boards at the earliest.
“They had asked for a security plan for the series and we have also sent them that,” said the official.
“We are now expecting them to give final confirmation when PCB Chairman, Shaharyar Khan meets with his ZCU counterpart on the sidelines of the ICC meeting this month.”
According to the schedule forwarded to the ZCU, two ODIs and a T20 will be played in Lahore while the remaining games will be held in Karachi.
If the ZCU does approve the schedule, Zimbabwe will become the first full-member nation to tour Pakistan since 2009.
Security concerns have made visiting teams reluctant to visit the country with Bangladesh’s withdrawal in 2012 at the last moment being a prime example.
However, if reports are to be believed, the ZCU’s response to the plan has been satisfactory and the series is likely to be Pakistan’s immediate engagement after the Bangladesh tour if things fall into place.
“This time we are getting positive vibes from the ZCU and hopefully this series will be played onwards from mid-May immediately after the Pakistan team returns from Bangladesh".
The official quoted that the PCB had prepared and sent a comprehensive security plan to the ZCU for the series after consultations with the government.
Apart from the proposed series with Zimbabwe, the PCB is reportedly attempting to draw a couple of Associate nations as well for a visit.
“We are also negotiating with two associate member nations to send their teams to Pakistan including the Netherlands.”
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s tour of Bangladesh comprising of three ODIs, one T20 and two Tests will kick-off on 17th April.
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