Karachi(July 10, 2018): The Pakistan cricket team, on Monday, was stopped from traveling to Bulawayo due to security concerns with the team currently stranded in Harare.
The players’ luggage and other items have been transported via bus to the city, however, the players, who were supposed to travel by air, have been told to stay in Harare due to the ‘non-availability of hotel rooms’ — this is the official explanation for the delay. Pakistan team’s security officer Colonel (retd) Azam has traveled to Bulawayo to access the situation and the team is expected to travel to Bulawayo on Thursday.
General elections are set to take place in Zimbabwe on July 30 and the security situation is not ideal in the country. On June 23, there was a blast in the White City Stadium in Bulawayo during a presidential rally where two people were killed and 49 others were injured.
The Men in Green next face Zimbabwe in a five-match ODI series which is expected to take place in Bulawayo and, according to sources, Pakistani players have asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to ask their Zimbabwean counterparts — Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) — to shift matches to Harare from Bulawayo.