Pakistan likely to tour Zimbabwe in August: Alistair Campbell

The tour is part of the benefits for Zimbabwe braving a visit to Pakistan in May

Reuters June 10, 2015
Exact dates and venues for Pakistan's tour of Zimbabwe have yet to be decided. PHOTO: AFP

The Greenshirts are likely to visit Zimbabwe in August this year, as part of the benefits of the African team visiting Pakistan in May, though the exact dates and venues are yet to be decided.

Zimbabwe Cricket’s Managing Director Alistair Campbell said on Wednesday that they have a busy home schedule this year with countries like India, New Zealand, West Indies and Pakistan all slated for a visit, signaling a dramatic upturn in the African country’s international exposure.

India will play three one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches in Zimbabwe during a two-week limited overs tour in July. Campbell, who only promised to release exact dates of the India matches once the schedule is finalised, confirmed that all the games will be played in Harare.

"I can confirm that it's now a done deal. India are arriving on July 7 and will leave on the 20th after playing three ODIs and two T20s," Campbell told Zimbabwe publication NewsDay.

"The schedule for the matches is almost done and should be released later this week. However, I can confirm that all the India matches will be played in Harare."

He added that New Zealand will arrive for a limited overs series just days after India depart.

"We are very pleased that India are coming and the fact that New Zealand are coming just a week after India's departure."

Pakistan, where Zimbabwe played two T20Is, three ODIs -- losing both series 2-0, have been pencilled in for a reciprocal tour. Zimbabwe became the first full national cricket squad to visit Pakistan in six years when they visited the country in May.

"There's also Pakistan who are coming in August as part of the benefits for our tour there recently and there is another tour by West Indies."

The exact dates and venues of the New Zealand, Pakistan and West Indies tours have not yet been decided.


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