Zimbabwe Cricket and Pakistan Cricket Board have mutually agreed to end the ongoing series in Harare between the two teams – Zimbabwe and Pakistan owing to the latest travel policies of flights – Emirates Airlines, by which the Pakistan team will return.
After Emirates Airlines’ announcement of the suspension of their flight operations on the Harare-Dubai route from 13 to 28 February, both the boards have mutually taken the call to end the tour in between after the first match. Notably, the Pakistan team will now return to Pakistan on Friday, 12th February.
As far as the first 50-over match is concerned, it took place on 9 February and Pakistan won the match convincingly. They were about to play the second 50-over game on Friday where the final 50-over match would take place on 14th February. Apart from three 50-over games, they were about to play three T20s as well which would take place on 17th, 19th and 20th as well. And, the visitors’ were originally slated to depart on 21st February as well.
PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said: “It has been a difficult decision considering Zimbabwe Cricket had put in place excellent arrangements for the series. But the decision by the Emirates Airlines to suspend all flights to and from Harare from 13 February to 28 February has meant that we have to bring the squad back in the next 24 hours.”
“We thank Zimbabwe Cricket for their understanding and support, and hope to return at some stage to complete this additional tour,” he further added.
Meanwhile, Pakistan captain Javeria Khan was hopeful about the tour prior to the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifiers – to take place later this year. She said that they will try to maintain the winning momentum which they earned in the final T20I against South Africa in Durban.
She said: “This series is a great opportunity for the side to make the most of the victory in the final T20I and develop it into a habit. Everyone in the team is excited to be in Zimbabwe and to play six matches over the course of the next two weeks at the historic Harare Sports Club in a time when not many women’s matches are happening around the world.”
“Zimbabwe are one of the 10 teams who will be present at the World Cup Qualifiers and playing them ahead of the all-important event gives us crucial match practice. At the same time, this series will help us provide opportunities to exciting young cricketers in the ranks in competitive matches and gauge how they react,” she concluded.