PCB announces Multan, Rawalpindi as venues for Zimbabwe series


Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board has confirmed that Multan and Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium will host Zimbabwe for a three-match ODI series and as many T20Is in October-November, ARY Sports reported.

Confirmation came after the government of Zimbabwe gave official confirmation of the tour to Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC).

The series will be played behind closed doors. ODIs will be played on 30 October, 1 and 3 November, which will be followed by three T20Is on 7, 8, and 10 November.

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“Zimbabwe will carry a 32-member squad to cater for both the formats as well as for the intra-squad warm-up matches. The squad will undergo two Covid-19 tests within a space of 48 hours prior to their departure in Harare, while the second tests will be conducted as soon as they arrive in Islamabad,” PCB said in a statement.

“Players and Player Support Personnel testing negative in Islamabad will be eligible to resume training at a venue, which the PCB will confirm in due course,”

Players and player support personnel testing positive during the tour will have to observe a five-day self-isolation and will only be allowed to rejoin after two negative tests.

PCB Director International Cricket Zakir Khan

“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.

“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.

“We have strategically scheduled Zimbabwe’s matches in Multan and Rawalpindi, the venues which will be hosting the National T20 Cup from 30 September to 18 October. By the time Zimbabwe arrives, we would have gained enough experience on bio-securing hotels, player transportation, the venues and the players’ dressing rooms as delivery of this series will be under strict Covid-19 protocols to ensure the health and safety of all participants.”

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