No full Test member of the International Cricket Council has toured Pakistan since 2009, when a terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus left six policemen and two civilians dead, with several players injured.
‘Home’ games for the 1992 World Cup winners have since been played in the United Arab Emirates, but both Afghanistan and Kenya have undertaken tours to Pakistan over the last year or so.
Zimbabwe will now be the first full Test nation to set foot in Pakistan, in a series comprising two Twenty20 internationals and three one-day internationals from??May 19-June 1, all of which will take place in Lahore.
In press conference statements published via their official Twitter feed, Zimbabwe cricket managing director Alistair Campbell said: “We are touring Pakistan as a measure of establishing bilateral relations between us and them.
“They will also come to Zimbabwe in August.”
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed Zimbabwe Cricket’s security team will visit Lahore on May 4 to review security arrangements.
The PCB also revealed it had planned to split matches between Lahore and Karachi, “but the visiting team’s members expressed concern on extensive traveling.”
PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan says he is confident “Zimbabwe’s incident-free tour shall be the harbinger of more and more associate and full member nations visiting us in the months and years to come.”
At the same press conference, Zimbabwe Cricket also confirmed a new four-year deal for Dav Whatmore who will face the side he previously coached in Pakistan.