Concerns raised over Zimbabwe’s tour to Pakistan

Sports & Recreation commission to make “final call” on Pakistan tour: speculation rife in Pakistan that the Zimbabwe tour to Pakistani will be called off.

Zimbabwe Cricket Board officials were busy discussing the security issues in Pakistan for the tour to go ahead.

“Please wait for two more hours when we can provide more details about this tour”, the Zimbabwe Cricket chief Wilfred Mansae said.

“From me, as a Managing Director of Zimbabwe Cricket, the tour is on. I am not aware about what others feel,” Alistair Campbell had earlier said from Harare.

Gunmen in Karachi have killed 43 in attack on bus carrying a religious minority. The two Twenty20 games and three ODIs’ are to be played at the Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium.

The tour is scheduled to be completed in less than a fortnight if it is given the go ahead.

“We have forwarded the security report (prepared by the South African agency) to the Sports & Recreation Commission in Zimbabwe and await further instructions from them”, Campbell added. “I have not seen the ICC’s independent security report but have kept our contingency plan ready. If no ICC match-officials are officiating, our own umpire (Russell Tiffin) will perform the duty.”

Charles Nhemachena, the Director General of Sports & Recreation Commission in Zimbabwe was non-committal about the tour, saying: “The Zimbabwe Cricket has expressed their desire to send a team to Pakistan. We have received the relevant documents and in consultation with the home ministry the final call will be taken in a day or two.”

“Aleem Dar and other umpires are already in Pakistan and their services will be sought”, he added.

Zimbabwe’s tour of Pakistan will be the first by a Test-playing nation since terror attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in March 2009 in which six policemen and two civilians were killed and six members of the Sri Lanka team injured.

Bipin Dani

Bipin Dani

A Civil Engineer by profession, Bipin is also a senior cricket journalist in India.
He has toured UAE, Sri Lanka, Morocco and Malaysia, to name a few, and contributes to a large number of newspapers in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
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