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Zimbabwe cleared to tour Pakistan

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The Zimbabwean government gave a green signal to their cricket team touring Pakistan next month. Zimbabwe will play Pakistan for three One Day Internationals and as many as T20 Internationals, with the ODIs being the part of the ICC Men’s World Cup Super League.

The One Days will be played at Multan on October 30, November 1, and 3. While the T20Is will be played at Rawalpindi on November 7, 8, and 10.

The ICC has introduced the Super League to ODI cricket and will serve as a qualification for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. Featuring 13 teams, the 12 Test-playing countries, and the Netherlands, the top seven sides automatically booking their spots for the India event. The Super League will see each side play four home and four away three-match series.

Read: ODI World Cup Super League: How does it work?

Zimbabwe last visit Pakistan in 2015, where Pakistan won both T20I series and ODI series. Photo: AFP

“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.” – Zakir Khan, PCB International Cricket Director, 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.”

Also, he said that the scheduled Zimbabwe’s matches in Multan and Rawalpindi as these venues will be hosting the National T20 Cup from 30 September to 18 October.

As for the COVID-19 testing, players and player support personnel testing negative in Islamabad will be eligible to resume training at a venue where the PCB will confirm later. For those who will be testing positive during the tour will have to observe a five-day self-isolation and will only be allowed to re-integrate with the side after two negative tests.

No crowds will be allowed as the series will be played behind closed doors.

Schedule

Oct 20 – Zimbabwe arrival in Islamabad

Oct 30 – 1st ODI, Multan
Nov 01 – 2nd ODI, Multan
Nov 03 – 3rd ODI, Multan

Nov 7 – 1st T20I, Rawalpindi
Nov 8 – 2nd T20I, Rawalpindi
Nov 10 – 3rd T20I, Rawalpindi

Nov 11 – Zimbabwe departure for Harare

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