The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to scrap up the Zimbabwe vs Pakistan series in between Rawalpindi and Multan. The two venues have been decided for the first time to complete a bilateral series. Mostly, the National Stadium Karachi and Gadaffi Stadium are on the agenda to organize the international games.
In an exclusive interview, Wasim Khan, the CEO of the national board told that the three-match ODI series is to be played at Multan, whereas, the T20I series will be organized by Rawalpindi stadium.
“We are consistently in touch with the Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC). They have sent some queries regarding boarding/lodging and travel plans. We are working on it and everything will be finalized within ten days,” Wasim said.
“The news of immediate interest for Rawalpindi and Islamabad fans is that the Pindi Stadium will host the three T20 matches against Zimbabwe.”
Pakistan vs Zimbabwe series to be played in Rawalpindi and Multan
Wasim made it clear the series will commence ahead under restricted protocols and SOPs. Also, the South Africa Cricket Team will visit Pakistan in January 2021 as originally, they were on the agenda for 2020.
“There will be no compromise on it. We have learned a lot from our England tour,” he said.
“Most importantly, the South African team will be in Pakistan to play two Tests and three T20s in January. We wanted to have more Tests but the bilateral series plan has already been chalked out till 2023. After that, we plan to have a longer series as it provides better chances for youngsters to learn and excel,” Wasim said.
As the COVID-19 condition in Pakistan is worst with above 5,000 active cases, he hopes the tour will take place with a full swing. The called-off Bangladesh test
“The Covid-19 situation there is very critical and as such its government has restricted tours. Hopefully, things will improve soon and the tour will go ahead.”
“We are in touch with the Bangladesh Cricket Board and the Test will most probably be played this season,” he said.
On New Zealand tour,
“Pakistan are to play two Tests and three T20s in New Zealand later this year while Shaheens, our back up team, will also play a series of matches there.
“The Shaheens tour is meant to prepare our youngsters for future international commitments. That is not all. We have also decided to make Shaheens’ international exposure to a permanent feature. The team will also travel to Australia, South Africa and England. It will help us in the selection of future teams,”
“These teams have already confirmed that they will tour Pakistan in 2021 and 2022. Depending on the Covid-19 situation, the coming years will see regular international cricket activities in Pakistan,” said Wasim, who was heading to Bhimber (AJK) to meet his family.