Zimbabwe Head Coach Lalchand Rajput Pulls Out Of Pakistan Tour

Zimbabwe Head Coach Lalchand Rajput Pulls Out Of Pakistan Tour

Lalchand Rajput, India
Lalchand Rajput. Credits - Getty Images.

Zimbabwe have arrive in Pakistan for their upcoming series without their head coach Lalchand Rajput. According to a statement issued by their board,  the Indian embassy in Harare had sought exemption for Rajput visiting Pakistan, citing travel guidelines issued by the Government of India for its citizens.

The official statement also mentioned that, in absence of Rajput, bowling coach Douglas Hondo would take charge of the team during the tour. “@ZimCricketv head coach @Lalchandrajput7 will miss the @TheRealPCB tour after the Embassy of India in Harare wrote to @ZimCricketv asking that he be exempted from visiting Pakistan. The Embassy of Pakistan in Harare had issued a visa to Rajput,” the board said in a media release.

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Zimbabwe tour of Pakistan schedule

According to a report in espncricinfo, ZC had sent a five-person delegation to Pakistan to assess the arrangements for the teams’ bio-secure bubble. The delegation, comprising two health officers, one security in-charge, and two ZC executives began their inter-city travel after returning two negative Covid-19 tests within 48 hours of arrival in Islamabad.

Zimbabwe are scheduled to face Pakistan for three ODI matches and as many T20Is. The series will get underway with the first of three-ODI series which gets underway from October 30 and will conclude with the final game on November 3. All the games will be played in Rawalpindi.

Lalchand Rajput, Akhil Rajput, Mizoram
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The T20I series will get underway after a three-day break on November 7 and will conclude with the final game on the 10th. All the matches are scheduled to be played in Lahore.

Zimbabwe will tour Pakistan for the first time since 2015 after they became the first Full Member to visit the country after the terror attack on the Sri Lankan team in 2009.