Zimbabwe tour of Pakistan confirmed: Chairman PCB
LAHORE: The President of the Zimbabwe Cricket Board has confirmed that the team will come to Pakistan, according to the calendar, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan told reporters Friday.
“The president of Zimbabwe Cricket Board Manase Wilson called me 10 minutes ago and confirmed that the team arrives in Pakistan on the calendar,” PCB chairman told reporters in Lahore.
The planned visit was thrown into limbo after a deadly terrorist attack on a bus killed 46 members of a minority community in Karachi.
In a bizarre reversal Thursday, Zimbabwe initially canceled, but then retracted their decision within 16 minutes.
Zimbabwe Cricket initially issued a statement saying that the decision had been reached not to visit the supreme sport councils of the country of the regulatory authority, the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC). The CBC had expressed concerns about the safety of the portion of the tour.
But PCB Chairman Shahryar Khan now says that Zimbabwe cricket board confirmed that the scheduled tour will go ahead as planned.
“He called me and confirmed that the tour will go ahead as per schedule. He also said they will send in writing,” he said.
Shahryar confirmed that the Zimbabwe team would arrive in Pakistan on Tuesday and will play five matches with the Pakistan team as planned.
Zimbabwe should arrive on May 19 and play two Twenty20 internationals on May 22 and 24 and three one-day internationals May 26, 29 and 31. All matches must be played in Lahore.
No test team has visited Pakistan since militants attacked the bus tour of the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in 2009.
A security delegation of five men in Zimbabwe last week to assess the Lahore tour arrangements for security and informed their government.