Zimbabwe’s tour of Pakistan remains in limbo

LAHORE: The status of Zimbabwe’s tour to Pakistan remains in limbo as Zimbabwe Cricket officials say discussions are still ongoing.

The statement by Zimbabwe Cricket comes 15 minutes after it was announced that an upcoming tour to Pakistan had been cancelled due to security concerns.

Zimbabwe are scheduled to arrive on May 19 and play two Twenty20 internationals on May 22 and 24 and three one-day internationals on May 26, 29 and 31. All matches are to be played in Lahore.

No Test team has visited Pakistan since militants attacked the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in 2009.

A five-man security delegation from Zimbabwe last week toured Lahore to assess the security arrangements and have briefed their government.

Earlier, Zimbabwe cricket authorities said Thursday they were examining a report on the safety of playing in Pakistan.

Security concerns rose further on Wednesday when gunmen attacked a passenger bus and killed at least 43 people in the southern city of Karachi.

“Zimbabwe Cricket is currently considering a report by its advance team that went to Pakistan last week and returned on Friday,” Lovemore Banda, Zimbabwe Cricket spokesman.