Lahore replaces Multan as one of the two venues for Zimbabwe tour of Pakistan
There has been a slight revision in the itinerary of Zimbabwe's limited-overs tour of Pakistan with Multan being replaced by Lahore as one of the host venues for the upcoming fixtures.
Rawalpindi, which was originally supposed to stage the T20Is, has been handed hosting rights for the ODIs that will kick off the white-ball series between the two teams.
The ODIs are part of the inaugural ODI Super League that will serve as a qualification for the ICC World Cup 2023 in India.
The PCB has admitted that ODIs have been moved from Multan to Rawalpindi due to logistical and operational challenges whereas the T20Is will be held at Gaddafi Stadium on November 7, 8 and 10.
“After Multan became unavailable due to logistical and operational reasons, we took the opportunity to revisit the entire schedule and have come up with an itinerary that is suitable for the teams, match officials, broadcasters, event staff and other support agencies," explained Zakir Khan, PCB Director – International Cricket.
“In the meantime, we are also in regular touch with the Metrological department and seeking their forecast for smog during November. We will continue to liaise with the Met Office and monitor the situation, and, if required, will make necessary changes.
“The availability of Rawalpindi has ensured there is no uncertainty for our ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League matches as we aim to collect maximum points from this series to achieve our target of qualifying directly for the ICC’s pinnacle 50-over event.”
Zimbabwe's tour to Pakistan marks their first trip to the South Asian country following the historic 2015 tour that brought an end to a six-year long international cricket isolation in Pakistan.
Following the conclusion of the T20I series, Lahore will host the final four matches of the coronavirus-delayed Pakistan Super League 2020 starting November 14.