There was to be a bilateral series to be held in Pakistan this year. But recently the Pakistan Cricket Board, PCB announced on Saturday that they will not be hosting Zimbabwe for a bilateral series. The reason for that is told as the lack of funds and they will thus not be able to host the tournament.
Based on a report in the Zimbabwe Independent, the Future Tour Programme (FTP) of the ICC says that the African nation is supposed to tour Bangladesh and Pakistan at the end of the year. But due to financial problems that have risen, they will not be able to organize it.
Andy Waller, Zimbabwe coach said, “We are trying our best to give the team more cricket but unfortunately some of the series have had to be rescheduled. Pakistan will not be able to host us in Dubai as per schedule possibly due to financial challenges. That means we will have a gap again towards the end of the year. But we will play Bangladesh and that has been moved to December when we will play three Tests.”
As a result of the cancellation of the Pakistan tour, Zimbabwe will now only tour Bangladesh, where they will play 3 tests and a few limited over matches.
At present, the Zimbabwe team is focussing themselves for the ODI series at home against Afghanistan, which will be taking place in the next month. The four-match ODI series will be played at Bulawayo, where Zimbabwe will also face South Africa in the near future.
Waller also said, “We are looking at playing our strongest side against Afghanistan; what is important is for the team to play lots of cricket. Our goal is to make sure we play more cricket than we have been doing no matter the opposition. We want to particularly look at the combinations in the bowling department and we may look at a few younger players who have been putting their hands up.”
The Zimbabwean cricketers haven’t played any international cricket in the last 11 months, and Waller is fully aware of the challenge that is ahead of him.
His words on it were as such, “It’s a big challenge; we would have wanted to play more cricket in between the last Test and South Africa, but we are going to work hard and make the best out of the training programme. We are playing two of the best sides in the world and we will aim to compete and if we can win one or two matches in the triangular series, then that would be a good achievement.”