Pakistan news September 1, 2012

Pakistan look to postpone Zimbabwe tour for India series

Pakistan has sought a postponement of its tour of Zimbabwe later this year, as it clashes with a proposed tour of India. Pakistan are scheduled to tour Zimbabwe for a series of two Tests, three ODIs and two T20s from December to January but, having agreed to resume bilateral ties with India earlier this year, their winter schedule is likely to need some tweaking.

The dates for the India visit haven't been announced but the respective cricket boards had agreed to a short series over the Christmas period, between the Test and one-day legs of England's tour of India. It will form the first bilateral series between the two sides since Pakistan toured India in end-2007.

"We have requested Zimbabwe to reschedule the series because of the India-Pakistan series," a PCB spokesman told ESPNcricinfo. "They agreed to work out another plan to host us so there is no way the series will be canceled. Instead the PCB and Zimbabwe Cricket are in discussions make it happen next year."

Pakistan do not have any international commitments scheduled from the end of the ICC World T20 in October till the tour of Zimbabwe, which is part of the Future Tours Programme. The dates for the tour hadn't been finalised either. Pakistan last toured the country for a short series in 2011.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent