Zimbabwe delegation confident in Pakistan security


LAHORE: A Zimbabwe Cricket delegation expressed confidence Wednesday in security measures taken by Pakistan before the African country’s tour, the first by any Test-playing team for six years.

The mini-series of two Twenty20s and three one-day internationals will be held in Lahore between May 22-31.

No Test-playing team has toured Pakistan since militants attacked the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009, leaving eight people dead and seven visiting players injured.

Zimbabwe Cricket managing director Alistair Campbell, heading the security delegation, thanked Pakistan for “for all the security arrangements involved to make sure that we will be safe and cricket will be the ultimate winner at the end of the day”.

The former batsman, who played 60 Tests and 188 one-day internationals for Zimbabwe, said he had always felt safe in Pakistan when touring as a player.

“I had played many times in Pakistan on five or six tours and had the opportunity of playing in the whole of the country and it was secure,” he said.

After making a start in Lahore, “hopefully, in the years to come we will come again and play in the rest of the country and resume normal relations with Pakistan,” he added. -AFP