Umar Farooq

ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent @kalson

Shoaib Malik laces a drive through the covers

Pakistan v Zimbabwe, 1st ODI, Lahore

Malik marks his return in style

"These are the performances that extend your career," Shoaib Malik said after scoring his eighth ODI hundred. "I needed that and it came with a lot of backing from the team management."

Azhar Ali made a steady half-century

Zimbabwe in Pakistan 2015

Azhar targets Champions Trophy qualification

Pakistan will have to sweep the ODI series against Zimbabwe if they are to keep their chances alive to qualify for 2017 Champions Trophy in England

Pakistani security officers monitor the area around Gaddafi Cricket Stadium, Lahore, May 18, 2015

Zimbabwe in Pakistan 2015

We took defence officials' advice - ZC chief

Wilson Manase, the Zimbabwe Cricket chairman, has said the landmark decision to tour Pakistan was taken after he had spoken to the Zimbabwe's defence department and was told that it was all right to play in Pakistan

The Pakistan players celebrate after taking the series 2-0

Pakistan v Zimbabwe, 2nd T20, Lahore

Waqar not satisfied despite series win

Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has expressed concern at the way his side stumbled during their chases in both Twenty20s against Zimbabwe in Lahore, even though they emerged with victories in both games

Ahmed Shehzad smokes it down the ground

Pakistan v Zimbabwe, 1st T20, Lahore

Pakistan revel in return home

Starved of international cricket at home, Pakistan's players enjoyed the chance to express themselves in their own conditions.

Waqar Younis speaks to Shahid Afridi during a net session

Pakistan v Zimbabwe, 1st T20, Lahore

Afridi eyes build-up towards World T20s

The security arrangements had been the focus since Zimbabwe's arrival in Pakistan but on the eve of the first ever Twenty20 international at the Gaddafi Stadium, the attention returned to cricket

The teams get a security escort after the practice session

Zimbabwe in Pakistan 2015

Lahore ready for cricket's return

Much about Lahore has changed during Pakistan's isolation from international cricket, but the city remains friendly and welcoming. Pakistan's players and fans are pleased cricket is coming home again.

Umpire Ahsan Raza on his way to the stadium

Zimbabwe in Pakistan 2015

'I have moved on and I am not afraid' - Ahsan Raza

Pakistan umpire Ahsan Raza suffered severe injuries during the attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore. Six years later, he is eager to officiate his first international game at home

Pakistani security officers monitor the area around Gaddafi Cricket Stadium, Lahore, May 18, 2015

Zimbabwe in Pakistan 2015

Zimbabwe play empathy card as tour officially begins

Former ZC managing director Ozias Bvute, the head of the visiting delegation in Lahore, said the decision to tour Pakistan was made to break their isolation from cricket and foster brotherhood

Shoaib Malik celebrates after hitting the winning runs

Zimbabwe in Pakistan 2015

Malik, Sami in Pakistan's revamped T20 squad

Allrounder Shoaib Malik and fast bowler Mohammad Sami have been recalled to the Pakistan team for the two Twenty20 internationals against Zimbabwe in Lahore