The Pakistan cricket team will begin their multi-series tour of Zimbabwe from April 21, just after their ODI series against South Africa concludes on April 16.
Pakistan will arrive in Zimbabwe on April 17, with the same 35-man squad they took to South Africa. All games on the tour - two Tests and three T20Is - will be played at the Harare Sports Club behind closed doors.
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“The Pakistan Cricket Board has been at the forefront of the revival of international cricket in the post-pandemic world and the tour of Zimbabwe is another step in that direction," Zakir Khan, PCB director of international cricket, said.
Earlier this year, Pakistan women and Zimbabwe women mutually agreed to call off the remainder of their tour after the Emirates airlines suspended its flight operations on the Harare-Dubai route from February 13 to 28. The teams played only one of their three scheduled ODI matches and were also expected to play three T20Is.
“The tour of our men's side at the back of our women's team’s first-ever visit of Zimbabwe is a testimony that the two boards - the PCB and Zimbabwe Cricket - enjoy excellent relations and are always ready to lend support to each other,” Zakir pointed out.
The upcoming tour - which will be played between April and May 2021, begins with the first of the three T20Is on April 21, followed by the second game on April 23, and the final fixture on April 25.
The two-match Test series will follow suit, with the first match slated to begin from April 29 to May 3 and the second Test to begin from May 7 to May 11.
This will be the second time the Zimbabwe cricket team and Pakistan will meet each other since the outbreak of the pandemic in March 2020.
Zimbabwe travelled to Pakistan for three ODIs and three T20Is between October and November last year.
The teams have not played Test cricket against each other since Pakistan last visited Zimbabwe in September 2013.
Zimbabwe vs Pakistan 2021: Schedule, fixtures and live India match times
All times are in Indian Standard Time (IST)
|Day and Date||Match||Time (IST)||Venue|
|Wednesday, April 21||Zimbabwe vs Pakistan, 1st T20I||2:30 PM IST||Harare Sports Club|
|Friday, April 23||Zimbabwe vs Pakistan, 2nd T20I||2:30 PM IST||Harare Sports Club|
|Sunday, April 25||Zimbabwe vs Pakistan, 3rd T20I||2:30 PM IST||Harare Sports Club|
|Thursday, April 29 - Monday, May 3||Zimbabwe vs Pakistan, 1st Test||1:00 PM IST||Harare Sports Club|
|Friday, May 7 - Tuesday, May 11||Zimbabwe vs Pakistan, 2nd Test||1:00 PM IST||Harare Sports Club|
Feature image courtesy: AFP / Aamir Qureshi