Zim­babwe to tour Pak­istan next month for ODI, T20 se­ries

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Zim­babwe Cricket have re­ceived gov­ern­ment per­mis­sion for a six-match lim­ited overs tour of Pak­istan in Oc­to­ber-Novem­ber, of­fi­cials con­firmed on Wed­nes­day.

The teams will play three One-Day In­ter­na­tion­als be­tween Oc­to­ber 30 and Novem­ber 3, and an­other three Twenty20 In­ter­na­tional fix­tures that have been pen­cilled in for Nov 7-10. The ODI se­ries will be part of the in­au­gu­ral ICC Cricket World Cup Su­per League.

It is also a fur­ther boost for Pak­istan cricket, who re­cently wel­comed back vis­i­tors af­ter Sri Lanka and Bangladesh toured the coun­try last De­cem­ber and Jan­uary. Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment is­sued by the Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB), the 50over matches will be played in Mul­tan, while Rawalpindi will host the three T20Is. The matches will be played be­hind closed doors due to the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

The In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil (ICC) has in­tro­duced the Su­per League to "pro­vide con­text to ODI cricket" and will serve as a qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 with the top seven sides au­to­mat­i­cally book­ing their berth in the In­dia event. Fea­tur­ing 13 teams, the 12 Test play­ing coun­tries and the Nether­lands, the Su­per League will see each side play four home and four away three­match se­ries, the PCB said.

PCB's Di­rec­tor (In­ter­na­tional Cricket) Zakir Khan said the con­fir­ma­tion of the se­ries sched­ule against Zim­babwe "af­ter hav­ing suc­cess­fully hosted Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, as well as Maryle­bone Cricket Club and HBL Pak­istan Su­per League V, in the 2019-20 sea­son not only strength­ens Pak­istan's rep­u­ta­tion as a safe and se­cure coun­try but also a healthy one af­ter hav­ing suc­cess­fully over­come the Covid-19 pan­demic".

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