Sunday, December 2, 2007

Zimbabwe to tour Pakistan

Warren Carne

Zimbabwe will tour Pakistan after the host country's general elections which are set for January 8. The Zimbabwe tour will comprise five ODIs and two first-class matches and was confirmed by a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official on Tuesday.

The tour request was made by Zimbabwe Cricket, according to the Reuters news agency.

The two first-class matches, which will be played before the one-dayers, will assist Zimbabwe in rejoining the Test fold after their self-imposed exile which began back in 2005. The PCB official said: "They want their players to get exposure in the longer duration of the game as they are not playing Tests at the moment."

The venues for the first-class matches have not yet been confirmed. The one-day internationals will be staged in Karachi, Hyderabad, Multan, Faisalabad and Sheikhupura.

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