Zimbabwe Set To Confirm Pakistan Tour
Zimbabwe are set to give a go ahead to their tour of Pakistan next month which will be the first visit by a full-member nation to the country since 2009.
While a major portion of the groundwork for the tour has been completed, there are pending formalities including financial guarantees and a memorandum of agreement that are yet to be inked.
Explaining the current status of the tour, Zimbabwe Cricket communications manager Lovemore Banda sounded confident of a final confirmation at the earliest.
"We are still talking but hope that it can be finalised anytime from now,” said Banda.
“We need to agree matters with Pakistan and also have to get our own players to agree as well.”
According to sources, Zimbabwe have asked for $10,000 per player from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the tour.
Apart from the financial guarantees, Zimbabwe are also looking for a total assurance on the security aspect which has gained utmost importance considering the situation in Pakistan.
Since the militant attack on Sri Lankan players in 2009, teams have been reluctant to visit Pakistan due to security concerns.
Zimbabwe have also put forward a clause in the proposed agreement which mentions a possible return visit by Pakistan to their country in August.
Considering the extreme financial issues suffered by Zimbabwe in recent years, this will prove to be a major boost as India and New Zealand are already set to visit the country in July.
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