In revised schedule, PCB says first Pakistan-Zimbabwe ODI to be staged on Oct 30


Zimbabwe’s wicketkeeper makes  an unsuccessful try to run out Asad Shafiq in Lahore. — AFP/FilesLAHORE: In a revised itinerary, the Pakistan Cricket Board on Sunday mentioned that Pakistan’s ODI sequence towards Zimbabwe  would start from October 30.”Pakistan will launch its bid to qualify directly for the International Cricket Council Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 by taking on Zimbabwe in the three ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League matches in Rawalpindi on October 30, November 1 and 3,” the PCB mentioned in an announcement.The ICC has launched the Super League to supply context to ODI cricket and can function a qualification for the World Cup 2023 with the hosts and different prime seven sides robotically reserving their spots for the India occasion. “Featuring 13 teams, the 12 Test playing countries and the Netherlands, the Super League will see each side play four home and four away three-match series,” the PCB mentioned in an announcement.The PCB cited “logistical and operational challenges” for the swap in itinerary, which got here after Multan’s native authorities demanded Rs200 million as administrative bills to host the matches.As per the brand new schedule, the three-match ODI sequence, which was to be held in Multan, will now be performed in Rawalpindi between October 30 and November 3.Meanwhile, the T20I sequence, which was to be staged in Rawalpindi, has now been moved to Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium. That sequence shall be performed between November 7 and 10.The full, revised schedule of Zimbabwe’s tour of Pakistan is listed beneath:20 Oct – Zimbabwe arrival in Islamabad21-27 Oct – Isolation interval & observe28-29 Oct – Practice at Pindi Cricket Stadium30 Oct – 1st ODI, Pindi Cricket Stadium1 Nov – 2nd ODI, Pindi Cricket Stadium3 Nov – third ODI Pindi Cricket Stadium4 Nov – Travel to Lahore5-6 Nov – Practice at Gaddafi Stadium7 Nov – 1st T20I Gaddafi Stadium8 Nov – 2nd T20I, Gaddafi Stadium10 Nov – third T20I, Gaddafi Stadium12 Nov – Zimbabwe departure for HarareZimbabwe final visited Pakistan in 2015 for 3 ODIs and two T20Is. However, they now return after worldwide cricket has resumed in Pakistan with full power following the profitable excursions of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) within the 2019-20 season.In addition to this, HBL Pakistan Super League, for the primary time in its younger historical past, was staged in Pakistan till the final 4 matches have been postponed on March 17 resulting from Covid-19 pandemic. These matches shall be staged in Lahore on November 14, 15 and 17.