HARARE - Zimbabwe on Tuesday announced a 16-man squad to tour Pakistan for three one-day and two T20 internationals.

The tour beginning on March 22 is the first by a Test-playing nation since terror attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in March 2009 in which six Pakistani policemen and two civilians were killed and six members of the Sri Lanka team injured. Last week a delegation from Zimbabwe Cricket visited Lahore to assess security arrangements.

Zimbabwe have made major personnel changes to their squad for the upcoming tour of Pakistan by recalling six players and naming one new cap. Zimbabwe's 15-man squad includes seven changes from the one the team picked for the 2015 World Cup.

Charles Coventry, Graeme Cremer, Chris Mpofu, Vusi Sibanda, Brian Vitori and Richmond Mutumbami will all be back in national colours, while 23-year-old allrounder Roy Kaia could also make his debut. There was no room for Regis Chakabva, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Tafadzwa Kamungozi and Solomon Mire, while Tendai Chatara was forced out because of a broken leg. Brendan Taylor had already retired from the national side to pursue a country cricket career, meaning the Pakistan series will be Zimbabwe's first without Taylor in seven years.

What Zimbabwe will miss from Taylor's experience, though, they will make up through the returnees, many of whom have extensive international experience. Both Sibanda and Mpofu have been playing at the highest level for over a decade, although neither have featured for the team recently. Sibanda was dropped for the World Cup after a disappointing tour of Bangladesh, but has been recalled after scoring two centuries and two half-centuries in his last six matches. Mpofu's absence has stretched even longer - he last played for Zimbabwe in 2013 before a series of injury kept him on the sidelines. However, the injury to Chatara and his own form - Mpofu topped the 2014-15 domestic List-A wicket-takers' list with 19 scalps at 20.47 - has seen him force his way back in.

The bowling has also been bolstered by the return of Vitori and Cremer, the legspinner who quit cricket for golf but has since U-turned on that decision and reclaimed the position occupied by Kamungozi at the World Cup. Zimbabwe's other spinners include Sean Williams and Raza, while Prosper Utseya can offer medium-pace after he was banned from bowling offspin.

SQUAD: Elton Chigumbura (Captain), Sikandar Raza Butt, Chamunorwa Chibhabha, Charles Coventry, Graeme Cremer, Craig Ervine, Roy Kaia, Hamilton Masakadza, Christopher Mpofu, Tawanda Mupariwa, Richmond Mutumbami, Tinashe Panyangara, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Prosper Utseya, Brian Vitori, Sean Williams.