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Zimbabwe cricket team given go-ahead to tour Pakistan

 HARARE, Sept 23: Zimbabwe’s cricket team has been given permission by its government to go ahead with a limited-overs tour of Pakistan next month.

 The team needed approval from the government’s Sports and Recreation Commission because of the coronavirus pandemic. It was granted this week, Zimbabwe Cricket said on Wednesday.

Zimbabwe and Pakistan will play three ODIs and three Twenty20 games in late October and November. All three ODIs will be at the same stadium in the city of Multan and the three T20s at a single venue in Rawalpindi, the Pakistan Cricket Board said.

No fans will be allowed to attend the games.

The venues were chosen because they will host games in a domestic Twenty20 tournament starting at the end of this month, which will mark the return of cricket in Pakistan and allow officials to fine-tune their COVID-19 protocols.

“By the time Zimbabwe arrives, we would gain enough experience on bio-securing hotels, player transportation, the venues and the players’ dressing rooms as delivery of this series will be under strict COVID-19 protocols,” said PCB director of international cricket Zakir Khan.

England is so far the only country to have hosted any international cricket since the virus caused a shutdown of most sports. Pakistan was one of the teams to tour England but cricket in Pakistan has been out of action since March.

Pakistan has more than 3,00,000 confirmed cases of the virus and more than 6,000 people have died. – PTI

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