Pakistan set to host ODI series for first time since terror attack on Sri Lanka team bus six years ago

  • Zimbabwe have reportedly agreed to visit Pakistan for ODI series in May
  • Pakistan have not played host to major cricket series since 2009
  • There have been security fears since Sri Lanka were victims of terror attack
  • Team bus was targeted by gunmen in Lahore, and eight people were killed  

By Pa Reporter

Published: 09:10 GMT, 21 April 2015 | Updated: 09:55 GMT, 21 April 2015

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Pakistan appear set to host Test-playing opposition in their home country for the first time in more than six years.

Zimbabwe have reportedly agreed to travel for a short one-day international series next month, likely to take place in Lahore and Karachi.

No tourists have played in Pakistan because of security fears since the terrorist attack on Sri Lanka's team bus in Lahore in March 2009 - when six policemen and two civilians died, and several of the tourists were injured.

A policeman weeps over the covered body of one of his colleagues killed when gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team in March 2009. Their team bus came under fire while travelling through the city of Lahore

A policeman weeps over the covered body of one of his colleagues killed when gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team in March 2009. Their team bus came under fire while travelling through the city of Lahore

Sri Lankan cricketers were rescued by the Pakistani air force from Gadaffi Stadium after the terror attack

Sri Lankan cricketers were rescued by the Pakistani air force from Gadaffi Stadium after the terror attack

Security officials display arms and ammunition seized after the terrorists' attack on the Sri Lanka team

Security officials display arms and ammunition seized after the terrorists' attack on the Sri Lanka team

'Home' Test and ODI series' in the meantime have taken place in the United Arab Emirates, England's destination for the second time this autumn, a tour for which an exact schedule is still to be confirmed.

The details of Zimbabwe's proposed trip are also not yet known.

But Pakistan Cricket Board president Shaharyar Khan has stated that, after discussions with his Zimbabwean opposite number Wilson Manase, he expects the short tour to go ahead.

Misbah-ul-Haq
Wahab Riaz

Pakistan's Misbah-ul-Haq (left) and Wahab Riaz look set to play international cricket in their homeland again

Shaharyar said: 'He (Manase) told me they are coming and they are coming with their full team - but (just) for a week.

'They will send a security team to assess the situation, following which they will confirm the tour. So they will come in the middle of May, and our efforts will be to host matches in Lahore and Karachi.'

 

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