Zimbabwe offer to tour Pakistan

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    Zimbabwe have offered to tour Pakistan to help raise funds for the country's flood victims. Pakistan has not staged an international match since the Lahore attacks in March last year but the PCB confirmed Zimbabwe's offer on Saturday.

    "They are willing to come over and play a series as they want to help us raise funds for the flood victims. They have left it up to us to give dates and schedule for the tour," the PCB's media manager Nadeem Sarwar told Reuters.

    The attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore last year led to the 2011 World Cup matches being moved out of Pakistan. The national team has since had to play 'home' series at neutral venues but a decision to send an ICC World XI to Pakistan made earlier this month and Zimbabwe's offer comes as a major boost. Pakistan has suffered severe floods since the last month with more than one-fifth of the country's territory and an estimated 20 million people affected.

    Ijaz Butt, the PCB chairman, has said his board is working on a schedule for the proposed series which will be forwarded to the Zimbabwe Cricket Union soon. "Yes, they have made a formal contact with us and we highly appreciate their (Zimbabwe's) noble gesture for supporting the cause. They have asked us to provide them with suitable dates for the series," Butt told News One TV.
     
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    That will b great 4 pak cricket.I sense gud time 4 pak cricket coming.Yousaf back,pak winnin n younus to get back n now crickt to get back in pak.Its great n awesome.
     
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    my fav zim do a good job,well done zimbo.
     
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    Will probably be sometime next year before World cup imo, Good to see some teams considering touring Pakistan and if this goes well maybe more will want to tour. (highly unlikely for Australia, New Zealand and India touring Pakistan in the next 5 years or so)
     
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    Great News
     
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    Big step taken by zimbabwe cricket.i think first of all pcb should assured them about security.then it will forwarded.
     
  7. Major
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    Lol Zimbabwe is out of food so they wont care about the security problem in pakistan.
     
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    so u think they dont have care about there life:eek:
     
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    A number of cricket boards have offered to help Pakistan raise relief funds for the people affected by the floods that have devastated the country over the last month. Some of the offers, including one from New Zealand cricket, could simultaneously help bring international cricket back to the country, which has become a no-go destination after the terror attacks on the Sri Lanka in Lahore in March 2009.

    The worst floods in living memory have ravaged Pakistan, submerging an estimated one-fifth of the country, affecting up to 20 million people and causing over a thousand deaths. The country's already stuttering economy is likely to face greater pressure once the flooding recedes and the process of rehabilitation begins in full. International aid is finally starting to come in, though the response was initially sluggish.

    The PCB has been doing its bit and is keen to organise a flood relief game in England while the national side is touring the country, though the busy itinerary has not yet yielded a date or venue. The board also donated over Rs 11 million (approximately US$130,000) for relief efforts and players have contributed match fees while on tour. Salman Butt dedicated his side's third Test win at The Oval to victims of the floods and said that the side would be attending fund-raising dinners and events on tour. Separately Shahid Afridi, the ODI and T20I captain, and Aleem Dar, the elite panel umpire, have also helped with relief efforts and raising money. Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has also started a fund-raising campaign.

    Strauss also confirmed that England had followed their opponents' lead by donating to the Pakistan flood relief effort. "We're donating a proportion of our match fee to the fund," he said. "It's a humanitarian catastrophe out there and we're trying to help as much as we can. The more people who do that the better."

    The biggest contributions might come from flood relief matches, however, and as well as the proposal for a match in England, the board has been working on other options. One reportedly includes arranging a game during the series with South Africa in the Middle East in October-November this year. There were also reports that the board had sounded out the BCCI over the possibility of such matches at a neutral venue, but the PCB has not elaborated on this. One other option has come from New Zealand who have offered to help by playing in a flood relief game, even if it means playing a game in Pakistan, though this is still in a very early stage.

    "An offer has been made by New Zealand cricket to help with the devastation in Pakistan, maybe through a flood relief game," Nadeem Sarwar, the PCB media manager told Cricinfo. "It is at a very early stage just now but they have even said they would be willing to come to Pakistan if needed for that."

    Zimbabwe has also offered to tour to help raise funds. The PCB had been working on a series with Zimbabwe in any case, Sarwar said. Any such visit is now likely to include a match for flood relief. "Yes, they have made a formal contact with us and we highly appreciate their [Zimbabwe's] noble gesture for supporting the cause. They have asked us to provide them with suitable dates for the series," Ijaz Butt, the PCB chairman, told News One TV.


    Since the attack on Sri Lankan cricketers, matches from the 2011 World Cup matches have been moved out of Pakistan. The national team has since had to play 'home' series at neutral venues such as the UAE and England but there is now a concerted effort within the ICC to find ways to revive international cricket once again in the country. The ICC is considering sending over an ICC World XI to Pakistan and the options of Zimbabwe and New Zealand are likely to further boost that effort.
     
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    Very surprised about New Zealand wanting to play in game in Pakistan. They havent toured Pakistan since 2003 over security fears.
     
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    yeah!absolutely & i hope pcb will arrange successful tour so that international cricket should back in pak:cool:
     
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    Very,very kind of them ! Though it would be more suitable next year after the World Cup as we need time to recover from the floods and the various hardships we're going through.

    Zimbabwe Cricket Board to their credit have lifted their team out of the doom and gloom of the last few years,rebuilt the team.Brought key players back and revamped their domestic cricket.

    Why cant the PCB learn from them ? Sigh.
     

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