Zimbabwe head coach, Lalchand Rajput, who has an Indian nationality, has been stopped by the Indian High Commission for the Zimbabwe tour of Pakistan. Although the national cricket team has reached Islamabad, they are missing on their HC who was all set to travel with them.
On the one hand, Pakistan issued authority to him so he could have visited Pakistan with the utmost security and no hatred but on the other hand, India, following their political tensions, denied Lalchand to voyage.
Zimbabwe coach, Lalchand Rajput denies visiting Pakistan on Indian government orders
“The Embassy of India in Harare wrote to Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) asking that Rajput, who is an Indian national, be exempted from visiting Pakistan for the limited-overs tour in accordance with the travel guidelines stipulated by the Government of India for its citizens,” reads a press release issued from the Zimbabwe side.
Notably, the three sides are to get featured in a three-match ODI and a T20I series respectively to be played at Rawalpindi and Gadaffi stadiums. The games will be started by 30th October as the guest team is likely to be in quarantine for a week (21st-27th October).
Here are the squads for both teams:
Squad for Pakistan: Babar Azam (C), Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Haider Ali, Khushdil Shah, Iftikhar Ahmed, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Abid Ali, Mohammad Rizwan, Rohail Nazir, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Zafar Gohar, Usman Qadir, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Musa Khan
Squad for Zimbabwe: Chamu Chibhabha (c), Faraz Akram, Ryan Burl, Brian Chari, Tendai Chatara, Elton Chigumbura, Tendai Chisoro, Craig Ervine, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Wessely Madhevere, Wellington Masakadza, Carl Mumba, Richmond Mutumbami, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, Sikandar Raza, Milton Shumba, Brendan Taylor, Donald Tiripano, Sean Williams