Zimbabwe tour: Looking forward to returning to Pakistan, says Dav Whatmore

Published: May 17, 2015
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Current coach for Zimbabwe team says he is looking forward to reacquainting with old friends in Pakistan. PHOTO: REUTERS

Current coach for Zimbabwe team says he is looking forward to reacquainting with old friends in Pakistan. PHOTO: REUTERS

Current coach for Zimbabwe team says he is looking forward to reacquainting with old friends in Pakistan. PHOTO: REUTERS Whatmore looks forward to reacquainting with old friends in Pakistan. PHOTO: REUTERS

LAHORE: With tickets for Zimbabwe’s tour to Pakistan up for sale, former Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore said he was looking forward to return to the country and meet friends. 

Whatmore is currently Zimbabwe cricket team’s coach and will be arriving in Lahore for the upcoming series comprising two T20s and three ODIs.

Read: It starts…: Tickets go on sale for Pakistan-Zimbabwe series

Zimbabwe will fly to Pakistan on Sunday for a limited-overs tour, Whatmore told Reuters.

“The tour is going ahead and we leave tonight,” Whatmore said via telephone from Harare before reconfirming his belief the tour would be successful and that security measures put in place by Pakistan will be adequate.

Zimbabwe will play two Twenty20 internationals, starting on May 22, and a three-match one-day series that begins four days later.

Security

During a search operation around Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium on Sunday, police officials arrested two suspects, claiming that they belonged to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. The operation continued as IG Punjab also reached the venue to examine the security measures being taken, Express News reported.

Security inside and around the stadium has been beefed up as per the orders of provincial home minister Colonel (retd) Shuja Khanzada, who while addressing the media asked them to “cooperate with the security officials.”

On Friday, Zimbabwe had confirmed that they will go ahead with the tour despite an attack on a Karachi bus on April 13 that left 45 people dead.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Shahryar Khan, while addressing the media in Lahore, had stated that he had a telephonic conversation with the President of Zimbabwe Cricket Union and he confirmed their visit to Pakistan.

Read: Zimbabwe tour to Pakistan on schedule: Shahryar Khan

He had said that as many as 4,000 police officials and special branch officers will be on duty throughout the series to ensure security of the players as well as of the spectators.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • abrar
    May 17, 2015 - 8:17PM

    Thanks Whatmore for being a friend of Pakistan. Taylor wouldve been a treat to watch had he been with the side still. All the best to the Zimbabweans.Recommend

  • Blunt
    May 18, 2015 - 12:45PM

    @abrar:
    Sure Taylor would have bee treat, but now I am especially looking forward to Sean Williams. A young talented upcoming star of Zim cricket.Recommend

  • May 18, 2015 - 1:23PM

    This can’t help Pakistan to bring back others team because Zimbabwe team is like Kenya team they are none-money, bankrupt country & their board also like Pakistan & ICC already cleared that we are not responsible for cricket in Pakistan despite continued terror attacks in Pakistan so Zimbabwe is need money & cricket to creating salary for their players. after all this Pakistan will paly cricket with these type of teams like Zimbabwe, Kenya, Afganistan & may be B’desh (not assured).so Pakistan one day will be become team of low ranked like Kenya , Zimbabwe so no match with india ,aus, eng, africa.Recommend

  • Usama
    May 18, 2015 - 5:30PM

    @kartikey:
    I know it hurts you to see cricket in Pakistan bro.. ;)Recommend

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