Pakistan Zimbabwe cricket series schedule announced

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ISLAMABAD: The Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has, on Sunday, released the schedule of T20 and Test series to be played against Pakistan. 

With all the matches to be played at the Harare Sports Club, Pakistan’s tour to Zimbabwe will commence with a three-match T20 series that is set to be played on April 21, 23, and 25. 

The T20 matches will begin at 2pm (PST).

The first Test will span from April 29-May 3 while the next will span from May 7-11.

Test matches, to be played without crowds and behind closed doors, are scheduled to start at 12.30 pm (PST). 

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This series will make the Pakistani side the first men’s international cricket team to play in Zimbabwe during the post-Covid time. 

Pakistani team will reach Harare, from Johannesburg, on April 17.

Since Covid-19 pandemic, Pakistan men’s squad have toured England and New Zealand. They have also hosted Zimbabwe and South Africa. Team has also toured New Zealand next month. 

Pakistan Under-19 cricket team is all set to tour Bangladesh for one four-day and five 50-over matches.

The series is to be carried out in a bio-secure bubble, a term that refers to an environment aimed at keeping the squad isolated from the world outside to minimise the risk of infection.

Both Pakistan and Zimbabwe teams as well as support staff are to undergo several Covid-19 tests before and during the tour.

Other measures taken by ZC include regular disinfections and cleaning of the facilities — including toilets, changing rooms, media center, offices, walkways, and car parks. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Director Zakir Khan said: “The PCB is at the forefront of revival of cricket in the post-Covid period. The tour of Zimbabwe is yet another step in the direction. We have always said that cricket and Covid-19 can co-exist. 

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