Zim gets green light to tour Pakistan

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Harare – Zimbabwe’s cricket team, the Chevrons, has been given the green light to tour Pakistan starting next month.

The Chevrons will take on Pakistan in both One-day and Twenty20 matches starting October 30.

There were lingering doubts the tour would be given the all-clear by the government in Harare due to the raging COVID-19 storm.

So far, England is the only side to host international cricket since most sports were halted in March due to the pandemic, with Pakistan itself touring that country.

Pakistan’s COVID-19 cumulative caseload has topped 300,000 and 6,000 deaths and the country has not hosted any international cricket matches since March.

However, authorities in Islamabad have eased restrictions on sporting activities and the local cricket board was given permission to start hosting matches.

Zimbabwe has had much fewer cases of the new coronavirus than Pakistan (7,000+ infections and 226 deaths) but it too has been on lockdown since March until a recent easing of restrictions that has made the tour of the sub-continent possible.

The sides will play three ODIs and three T20s in October and November in a bio-bubble that precludes the attendance of fans. The ODIs will be staged in Multan while the T20s have been set for Rawalpindi.

"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," AFP quoted Pakistan Cricket Board director of international cricket Zakir Khan saying.

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