Pakistan Vs Zimbabwe is definitely happening and that is the best news we got after PCB announced the schedule for the remaining PSL 5 matches. It was great news for cricket fans in both countries when Zimbabwe Cricket team was given the permission from their government to travel all the way to Pakistan to play in a white-ball tour in October.
IT'S OFFICIAL! The Government of Zimbabwe has granted @ZimCricketv the permission to tour Pakistan for a limited-overs series scheduled for October-November 🥂🇿🇼🏏🇵🇰#BackInAction |#PAKvZIM | #BowlOutCovid19 pic.twitter.com/SatDri5lvD
— Zimbabwe Cricket (@ZimCricketv) September 23, 2020
The Pakistan Vs. Zimbabwe series is set to be played between the two team just next month. Zimbabwe Cricket first confirmed the news just a couple of days ago on their official twitter page to the delight of cricket fans in both countries.
Details of the Pakistan vs Zimbabwe Series
Pakistan confirms Zimbabwe tour
— PCB Media (@TheRealPCBMedia) September 23, 2020
The Pakistan vs Zimbabwe series will begin on October 30th and will run until November 10th. The series will consist of three ODIs and three T20s, all of which will be played in Pakistan. The ODI series is set to be played in Multan while the T20s are going to be played in Rawalpindi.
ODI Series Schedule
The ODIs are set to be played in Multan after a fantastic response given by the city during the PSL 5 matches held there. Here is the schedule for the Pakistan Vs Zimbabwe ODI series that are going to be played in Multan.
|Oct 30, Friday||1st ODI, Multan Cricket Stadium||10: 00 AM|
|Nov 1, Sunday||2nd ODI, Multan Cricket Stadium||10: 00 AM|
|Nov 3, Tuesday||3rd ODI, Multan Cricket Stadium||10: 00 AM|
T20 Series Schedule
Here is the schedule for the T20 Pakistan Vs Zimbabwe series that will be held exclusively in Rawalpindi after the warm response given the audience in the city for the successful PSL 5 matches.
|Nov 7, Saturday||1st T20, Rawalpindi Stadium||2:00 PM|
|Nov 8, Sunday||2nd T20, Rawalpindi Stadium||2:00 PM|
|Nov 10, Tuesday||3rd T20, Rawalpindi Stadium||2:00 PM|
Zimbabwe Cricket chairman Tavenga Mukuhlani said, “We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to our Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, the Honorable Kirsty Coventry, the SRC (Sports and Recreation Commission) and the entire Government of Zimbabwe for authorizing the tour. Needless to say, we at ZC are bursting with excitement as we look forward to playing cricket again and representing our nation with pride and passion in Pakistan.”
Zakir Khan, PCB director for international cricket, said “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,” Khan said. “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.”
Preparations for COVID-19 Prevention
“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,” the statement added. “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 re-integrate with the side after two negative tests.”
Neither of the teams have announced their squads yet but it is rumored that Zimbabwe’s 32 men squad is already preparing for the series. The Zimbabwe team is expected to reach Pakistan on 20th October. The ODI’s played in the Pakistan Vs Zimbabwe series will be a part of the ICC’s Cricket World Cup Super League. Furthermore, it is expected that the Pakistan Team will visit South Africa in March next year.