Foreign cricket teams touring Pakistan still face an "unacceptable risk," the international players' body said as Zimbabwe prepares to become the first full ICC member nation to play in the country since a deadly gun attack targeted visiting players six years ago.
Pakistan on Thursday announced the itinerary for Zimbabwe`s proposed tour next month where they are set to become the first Test playing nation to visit the militancy-hit South Asian country in six years.
The Zimbabwe cricket union has managed to convince its players to tour Pakistan for the one-off limited overs series in May but have asked the Pakistan Cricket Board for special financial incentives for their players as well.
Zimbabwe have warned they will show no mercy against cricket minnows the United Arab Emirates in their World Cup match in Nelson on Thursday, with captain Elton Chigumbura promising a "ruthless" approach.
Zimbabwe must overcome the discord in their camp as well as a skill handicap when they take on South Africa in a one-day international triangular series match in Harare on Friday. While Zimbabwe have traditionally struggled against world cricket`s heavyweights, their challenge appears to have become even greater as the players have taken issue with new coach Stephen Mangongo`s methods.
Zimbabwe have axed seamer Tinashe Panyangara from their squad for the one-day international triangular series with South Africa and Australia, accusing the player of being `disruptive` in the build-up to the tournament.
Low, slow, crumbling and likely to get much worse quickly. That was the verdict on the Harare Sports Club pitch from both Zimbabwe and South Africa after the second day`s play in their one-off test yielded just 209 runs in the 90 overs.