Zimbabwe team has landed in Pakistan for a three-match ODI and T20 series, but they arrived without their head coach Lalchand Rajput.
Former Indian cricketer Lalchand Rajput withdrew from Zimbabwe’s tour of Pakistan after the Embassy of India in Harare asked Zimbabwe Cricket Board to exempt Rajput from traveling to Pakistan.
Rajput had already been granted a visa by the Pakistan embassy in Harare and he had also obtained clearance from Pakistan foreign office to travel to the country.
@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.#PAKvZIM | #LalchandRajput pic.twitter.com/LQ7LExKFic
— Zimbabwe Cricket (@ZimCricketv) October 20, 2020
Zimbabwe’s bowling coach Douglas Hondo has been appointed as the interim head coach of the team.
Zimbabwe team will undergo Covid-19 tests and spend a week in quarantine before being allowed to train in Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.
Rajput was appointed as the head coach of the Zimbabwe cricket team in May 2018, prior to his stint as Zimbabwe head coach, he was the head coach of the Afghanistan cricket team in 2016.
The series will start with the first ODI on 30th October in Rawalpindi. The other two ODIs will be played on 1st and 3rd November at the same venue. The teams will travel to Lahore to play the T20I series, scheduled to begin on 7th November. The remaining T20Is will be played on the 8th and 10th November at Gaddafi Stadium.