Zimbabwe Cricket Board has received permission from the Government of Zimbabwe to go ahead with their proposed limited-overs tour of Pakistan scheduled to commence on October 30.
ZC was informed about the positive development in a letter from the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) this week.
“The Sports and Recreation Commission hereby gives you notice, following your application, that the Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation has approved your request to tour Pakistan to play the referenced matches,” SRC Director General Prince Mupazviriho wrote in the letter.
The three ODIs followed by as many T20Is marks Zimbabwe’s first international assignment since the coronavirus-enforced shutdown in March. Pakistan will head into the forthcoming contests with the experience of a Test and T20I series in England.
“We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to our Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, the Honourable Kirsty Coventry, the SRC and the entire Government of Zimbabwe for authorising the tour,” ZC chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani said.
“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,” he added.
The ODI series will conclude on November 3 with the outcomes of the three matches affecting the standing of the two teams in the inaugural ICC World Cup Super League.
The T20Is are pencilled in for November 7, 8 and 10, after which Pakistan will host the remaining matches of the 2020 edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) starting November 14.
“The SRC has emphasised the need to ensure COVID-19 preventative and containment measures are observed at all times for the safety of both the players and officials during the tour,” ZC stated in their media release.
The board has already announced a 25-man training group that is currently practising in Harare in order to prepare themselves for competitive cricket following an unprecedented break.
Zimbabwe’s last trip to Pakistan took place in 2015, which was the first instance of a Test-playing nation travelling to the country since the ill-fated Sri Lanka tour in 2009.
The previous bilateral series between the two sides was held in Zimbabwe two years ago with Pakistan pounding the home team in the ODIs to boast a 5-0 scoreline. Fakhar Zaman’s unbeaten 210 in the fourth ODI made him the first Pakistan batsman to hit a double century in 50-over cricket.