The International Cricket Council (ICC), on May 17, announced that it will be not be sending its match officials to Pakistan for their upcoming home series against Zimbabwe. The decision has been made on the account of security reasons.
During a meeting last month, the ICC decided to allow the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) appoint the local umpires and referees should they decide not to send their officials due to the current security situation in Pakistan. The series will still be regarded as ‘official’ even though it will not be played in accordance with ICC standard playing conditions.
Ahsan Raza, Shozab Raza, Ahmed Shabab, Aleem Dar & Russel Tiffin will be the umpires whereas Azhar Khan has been named as the match referee for all matches.
Zimbabwe is all set to become the first team to tour Pakistan after a gap of almost six years for an official series. They will play 3 ODIs and 2 T20s starting from May 22.