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SRC announces Pakistan tour fate

BY SPORTS REPORTER

The Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) is set to give an update today on Zimbabwe’s cricket tour to Pakistan which is scheduled for next month.

It’s likely that the Zimbabwean government will okay the proposed visit to Pakistan with national cricket players having already begun training last week following assurances by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on the safety of the touring party amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The national team is currently training in small groups in Harare, Bulawayo and Mutare.

If given the green light, this will be Zimbabwe’s first visit to the subcontinent since 2015 and the first international engagement since the Covid-19 pandemic brought sporting activities to a grinding halt six months ago.

The two countries are scheduled to compete in three One-Day International matches and three T20Is beginning on October 20 in Multan and Rawalpindi.

“There is no concrete update yet, but on Monday afternoon (today) there is definitely going to be something. Get in touch with us on Monday and we should have the government’s position on the matter,” SRC director general Prince Mupazvirihwo said when contacted on the matter yesterday.

Zimbabwe Cricket has been waiting, for the government to grant the team permission to travel to the Asian country in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

With the Covid-19 threat still lurking, the bilateral series will be held in a bio-secure bubble.

The PCB is currently working on the modalities which are to be followed during the series, including the period of quarantine that Zimbabwe players will have to undergo.

Pakistan appear confident that the tour will go ahead as planned after they set up committees for the effective conduct of the Zimbabwe series and domestic cricket in that country on Friday.

The main committee for the Zimbabwe series is led by Zakir Khan while Dr Sohail Ahmad assumes responsibility for all Covid-19-related protocols.

Multan is in line to host its first international fixture in 12 years against Zimbabwe.

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