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Update Zimbabwe ODIs moved from Multan to Rawalpindi; Lahore gets T20Is

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Zimbabwe's limited-overs tour of Pakistan will kick-off with the three ODIs on October 30, but in Rawalpindi instead of Multan as per original schedule, the PCB confirmed on Sunday (October 11). The shift had to be facilitated due to logistical and operational challenges, and Lahore will now host the three T20Is, starting November 7.

"After Multan became unavailable due to logistical and operational reasons, we took the opportunity to revisit the entire schedule and have come up with an itinerary that is suitable for the teams, match officials, broadcasters, event staff and other support agencies," PCB Director of International Cricket Zakir Khan said.

The three 50-over games will be part of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Super League, which serves as a direct qualification tournament for the 2023 edition of the World Cup, for the teams that finish as the top-eight sides.

"The availability of Rawalpindi has ensured there is no uncertainty for our ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Super League matches as we aim to collect maximum points from this series to achieve our target of qualifying directly for the ICC's pinnacle 50-over event."

The Chamu Chibhabha-led Zimbabwe side - which also welcomes back Blessing Muzarabani will arrive in Pakistan on October 20 and isolate till October 27. After wrapping up the ODI series on November 3, they'll head to Lahore on 4th with two days to train before the T20I series.

Just four days after the conclusion of this T20I series, Lahore will also host the last four matches of this year's Pakistan Super League, which came to a halt in March due to the Coronavirus pandemic.


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