PAKvZIM series ended midway, women’s team to return back home in 24 hours

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Karachi: Pakistan women’s team ongoing tour of Zimbabwe has ended following the latest travel policies of Pakistan team’s carrier.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Zimbabwe Cricket agreed mutually after Emirates Airlines’ announced that their flight operations on the Harare-Dubai sector are suspended from February 13-28.

Both the boards have decided to end the tour after the first match. The national women’s team will now return to Pakistan on Friday, 12 February.

“It has been a difficult decision considering Zimbabwe Cricket had put in place excellent arrangements for the series. But the decision by the Emirates Airlines to suspend all flights to and from Harare from 13 February to 28 February has meant that we have to bring the squad back in the next 24 hours,” PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said.

“We thank Zimbabwe Cricket for their understanding and support, and hope to return at some stage to complete this additional tour,” he added.

Note, Pakistan won the opening 50-over match on 9 February and were due to play the second 50-over match on Friday. The final match of the tour on 20 February while the side was originally scheduled to depart on 21 February.

Meanwhile, PCB have confirmed Pakistan men’s national cricket team’s tour of Zimbabwe in April as part of the Future Tours Programme (FTP) for two Tests and three T20Is remains intact, though the PCB will continue to monitor the flight and Covid-19 situation. The side is scheduled to arrive in Bulawayo on 17 April.

Read: Javeria, Nashra shine as Pakistan beat Zimbabwe in first 50-overs game

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