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Zimbabwe cricket optimistic Pakistan tour will go ahead

Zimbabwe cricket optimistic Pakistan tour will go ahead - Sports Leo

Despite the recent cancellation of the Afghanistan tour to the Southern African nation, Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) remains hopeful its men’s team’s tour of Pakistan will still go ahead.

The tour to Pakistan is still scheduled to be held in October and November, with three One-Day Internationals and three T20 Internationals on the calendar.

Zimbabwe were originally scheduled to host Australia and Afghanistan for tours during July and August, but both tours have been postponed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

ZC Communications manager Darlington Majonga told chronicle.co.zw: “As you are aware, ZC had applied for a waiver to proceed with the series in a strictly controlled environment, but with Zimbabwe experiencing a rise in the number of coronavirus cases, the government advised that the country was not yet ready to host visiting teams.

“However, all hope is not lost as ZC will seek clearance from the Government for the team to travel to Pakistan in October. Pakistan has been having tours and conversations for a tour are in progress, but that will all be determined by the Government’s approval.”

The novel coronavirus pandemic was late to impact Zimbabwe, with infections only starting to gain momentum in late May. Until May 25, only 56 total infections had been reported.

But by July 13, the total infections had breached the 1000 mark. Since then, the numbers have continued to rise radically with the total infections now standing at 4893, with 122 deaths and 1620 recoveries. It means the vast majority are current infections, with the active cases now standing at  3151.

The numbers mean international travel for the Zimbabwean cricket team remains in doubt, and with it their tour to Pakistan.

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