Zimbabwe cricket team leaves for home safely


The Zimbabwe cricket team have left Pakistan on Monday after playing series of two T20s and three one-day internationals at Gaddafi Stadium.

The revival of international cricket in Pakistan was only made possible by the visit of Zimbabwe team who arrived in Pakistan on May 19 to swing in series, although the team lost all the matches but the players departed for their country with happiness and good wishes for cricket in Pakistan.

A top Zimbabwe cricket official expressed delight in contributing to the revival of international cricket in Pakistan after a six-year hiatus, hoping it will open more doors for their hosts.

Zimbabwe became the first Test team to tour Pakistan since terrorist attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009, suspending all international cricket in the country.

Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) managing director Alistair Campbell said his country decided to play two Twenty20 and three one-day internationals after their intelligence work.

The matches were played under massive security with 4,000 policemen guarding the stadium and another 2,000 deployed on the route from the team hotel to the venue.

Security has been ratcheted up to avoid a a repeat of the 2009 attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus, which killed eight people and cast Pakistan into sporting exile for six years.