Zimbabwe Cricket Board on Thursday confirmed their tour to Pakistan, ARY News has learnt.
Zimbabwe will be the first Full Member nation to tour Pakistan since March 2009, when terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore, rendering the country untenable as an international cricket venue because of security concerns.
The confirmation was made by Zimbabwe Cricket chairman Wilson Manase in a Tweet as follows.
— Zimbabwe Cricket (@ZimCricketv) April 30, 2015
Furthermore, Zimbabwe Cricket’s managing director Alistair Campbell, in a message said that “We are touring Pakistan as a measure of establishing bilateral relations between us and them.”
“We are touring Pak as a measure of establishing bi-lateral relations between us and them,they will also come to Zim in August,”-Campbell — Zimbabwe Cricket (@ZimCricketv) April 30, 2015
Zimbabwe commences its tour on May 19. The five-match limited-overs series contains two T20Is and three ODIs.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Cricket Zimbabwe have signed the MoU, the itinerary has been agreed upon and Cricket Zimbabwe has duly intimated the ICC of its intent to visit Pakistan between May 19 and June 1, 2015.
Chairman PCB Shaharyar Mohammad Khan said “I am grateful to my counterpart in Cricket Zimbabwe, Wilson Manase, for acceding to our request of sending a full side on a tour to Pakistan.
“This would be an auspicious moment for Pakistan cricket and I am positive that it would open doors of international cricket in Pakistan. Kenya have already been here for five matches against Pakistan ‘A’ and I am indeed confident that Zimbabwe’s incident-free tour shall be the harbinger of more and more associate and full member nations visiting us in the months and years to come”, he added.
The Cricket Zimbabwe’s security team shall come over to Lahore – the venue of all the five games being the Gaddafi Stadium here – on May 4 2015 with a mandate to review just the security arrangements put in place by the PCB with the full backing and support of the Punjab government and various provincial and federal law enforcement agencies.
“We vigorously tried to convince Cricket Zimbabwe to split the matches between Lahore and Karachi but the visiting team’s members expressed concern on extensive travelling, and their request had to be accommodated”, said a PCB spokesman.
The tour itinerary, all matches at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore:
May 19: Team Zimbabwe arrive
May 22: First T20I
May 24: Second T20I
May 26: First ODI
May 29: Second ODI
May 31: Third ODI
June 01: Team Zimbabwe departs