Pakistan will become the first men’s international cricket side to play in Zimbabwe in the post-COVID-19 era when they announced the schedule of their two-Test and three T20I series.
Pakistan will travel to Zimbabwe with the same 35-man squad they have taken to South Africa.
The Pakistan side will arrive in Harare from Johannesburg on April 17, where the five matches will take place from April 21-May 11.
After the T20Is, Babar Azam’s side will play Zimbabwe in two Tests, the first of which will begin on April 29.
All the fixtures will take place in a bio-secure bubble in Harare behind closed doors.
Director – International Cricket, Zakir Khan said the tour underscores the Pakistan Cricket Board’s commitment to play an active role in ensuring that international cricket remains on track in these challenging and uncertain times. He said:
The Pakistan Cricket Board has been at the forefront of the revival of international cricket in the post-Covid-19 world and the tour of Zimbabwe is another step in that direction.
We have always maintained that cricket and COVID-19 can co-exist in a safe and secure environment, and we continue to demonstrate this to ensure the game develops and flourishes in these difficult and challenging times.
Pakistan enjoys a 100 per cent win percentage against Zimbabwe in T20Is with victories in all 14 matches.
Pakistan has won 10 of the 17 Tests against Zimbabwe with four ending in a draw and three in wins for Zimbabwe.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe last hosted an international series – a two-Test series against Sri Lanka – in January 2020.