A cloud of uncertainty prevailed over India's forthcoming tour of Zimbabwe next month with the country's cricket Board saying that the series could be postponed to next year if the ongoing issues between the BCCI and broadcaster are not resolved on time.
Live updates from the first ODI between Pakistan and Zimbabwe being played at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. It's a huge moment for Pakistani cricket as the crowd has gathered in big numbers to witness an ODI on home soil after several years.
Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) chairman Wilson Manase has declared Pakistan `safe` for international cricket after two matches of the five-game tour and urged test-playing nations to revisit their decision to shun the troubled country.
After two nail-biting finishes in the Twenty20 series marking the return of international cricket to Pakistan, the hosts and Zimbabwe move to the three-match one-day series on Tuesday aiming to build for the future.
It may be a low-key affair in strictly cricketing terms, but Friday`s opening Twenty20 clash between Pakistan and Zimbabwe in Lahore represents a chance for the hosts to show they are once again open for business.
Pakistan`s Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi Tuesday led his country in welcoming the Zimbabwe team and praised the visitors` "courage" after they became the first Test-playing nation to visit in six years.
Ozais Bvute, a top official of the Zimbabwe cricket squad, on Tuesday said that his team has come to Pakistan to express solidarity with country's cricket that suffered due to tour pullouts by other international sides in the past.
The last time a Test-level cricket team visited Pakistan, seven Sri Lankan players went home with bullet and shrapnel wounds after RPG and machine gun-wielding militants ambushed their team bus in Lahore.