Pakistan news July 25, 2015

Pakistan, Zimbabwe put limited-overs series on hold

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A PCB official said both the boards would look for another window for the series to be played © AFP

Pakistan and Zimbabwe have decided to put on hold their limited-overs series that was to be played from August 17 to September 17 in Zimbabwe. Although no definite reason has been identified for the postponement of the series, a likely one is that Pakistan did not want to jeopardise their qualification for the 2017 Champions Trophy.

A PCB official told ESPNcricinfo the series would not go ahead as scheduled. "The decision is taken unanimously and in a cordial manner," the official said. "Both boards now will look for another window other than August-September this year."

Pakistan had initially agreed to play a limited-overs series in Zimbabwe this year during the only available window, in August. This was intended to reciprocate Zimbabwe's tour of Pakistan in May which helped Pakistan host their first international series in the country in seven years.

Pakistan moved from ninth place to eighth in the ICC rankings after winning the ODI series against Sri Lanka. With no one-day fixtures scheduled until the cut-off period of September 30 this year for Champions Trophy qualification, the top eight teams will remain unaffected. Had Pakistan played Zimbabwe and lost the series by a margin of 2-1 or more, it could have affected their participation in the tournament.

Zimbabwe had also floated an idea for a tri-series involving West Indies, but with Pakistan qualifying for the Champions Trophy, the PCB seems to have had a change of heart, leaving Zimbabwe to scrap their plan. Zimbabwe Cricket did not respond to ESPNcricinfo's queries.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. @kalson

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  • maaaria on July 30, 2015, 5:54 GMT

    It's pretty simple you see, if WI thought their number 8 spot was in danger, they would have made sure to commit instead of leaving it with "what ifs" and relying on others failures to get ahead! All you haters, stop being so concerned what PCB does!

  • maaaria on July 30, 2015, 5:50 GMT

    It's PCB's fault that WI haven't played an ODI since March and now that PCB backed out from the tri-series, (which were never CONFIRMED by either boards) WI has little chance to improve their ratings. If WI was so concerned about their ratings, they wouldn't have waited till the result of PakvsSL series to see whether they need to play the tri-series against PAK and ZIM. But oh wait, WI thought PAK would get trashed by SL, hence not needing to jeopardize their spot or commit to any tri-series and therefore qualifying automatically.

  • Navendra on July 29, 2015, 14:41 GMT

    That is unprofessional by PCB to put the series on hold probably till after September 30 so they can qualify, @ Elton_Phir : well said. It's totally unfair for WI who last played an ODI in March (world cup) and none schedule before September 30, they have no chance to try to improve their ratings.

  • Dummy4 on July 29, 2015, 7:55 GMT

    @Elton_Phiri... Bro We appreciate and we Salute Zimbabwe for what they did for us.And we will surely give them a good response in return..But please wait for few months,we can't take risk about CT2017 Teams Selection..Let it Finish then we will play with you again and again...

  • Elton on July 28, 2015, 8:51 GMT

    Zimbabweans sacrificed their lives for Pakistan , but Pakistan can't sacrifice their spot to improve Zim cricket... Talk about real friends

  • Idrees on July 27, 2015, 19:39 GMT

    Very wise choice. I have no doubt in my mind that we'd beat the current WI and ZIM team but why jeopardise their ranking just to get a few more games under our belt? I say good for the team, and for those who think this move is "cowardly" would you risk losing a place in a global event just as CT just for a few more games, little more money?! I think not! Now Pakistan can actually build their team for the upcoming years after a loss of a few key players. We'll be ready, and a much higher rank than 8th once CT arrives that's for sure

  • sdasdsdad on July 27, 2015, 10:55 GMT

    Good decision by PCB, as long as Pakistan never committed to this tri-series. West Indies also was waiting for Pak and Lankan series outcome that's why they didn't agree to play beforehand. Yes, our team is rebuilding under new captain but unlike other mini team who perform once in a decade, we have capability to comeback after one bad series. Every team goes through bad times. I love Ban team and support their majority of fans but It seems to me that some Bangladeshi fans are upset so they are commenting and abusing in every forum relating to Pak to make themselves feel better which shows how narrow minded they are. Yes, we will play Zim in their homeland after Sept to return favor and we love ZIm.

  • HAsIF on July 27, 2015, 10:50 GMT

    Both Bangladesh and Pakistan are qualified for CT. But, do you think that WI is good enough to play in CT. From the last couple of years WI is playing poor cricket apart from T20. They have got some big names but as a team they are in nowhere. WI players are loved to play T20 club cricket around the world rather than in national team. So, let BD play in CT as they are already qualified, cause they are playing as a rising cricket team.

  • Jami on July 27, 2015, 9:13 GMT

    Salaam to all Pak fans.Do you know Pakistan is the most popular and favourite foreign team in Bangladesh.We all love Afridi and Sir Akram.So please stop throwing dirty comments at eachother.Peace.

  • SheikhQ on July 27, 2015, 7:30 GMT

    How many cups BD won? None. How many cups won by current Pak team? Don't understand why people bring legacy when talking about teams? We're talking about current team, current form. Not what forefathers did. You know WI won first two world cups, right? That will not surely let them qualify in upcoming CT.

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