KARACHI - Pakistan are set to host their first series at home since 2009 with Zimbabwe set to visit them next month for a five-match One-Day International series. Revealing the development, a source close to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has stated that the matches will be mainly played in Lahore and Karachi.
Although the venues, haven’t been decided as yet, Gaddafi stadium in Lahore and Southend Private Club in Karachi are the contenders to host the matches. "In Lahore the matches will be played at the Gaddafi stadium but in Karachi for security reasons the PCB is considering the Southend Private Club as a possible venue," the source said. "The feeling is that hosting matches at the National stadium could prove to be a security problem so Southend is being considered as a option.”
Apart from the security issues at the National Stadium, the luxurious facilities at the Southend Club give it a distinct advantage over the former. The schedule for the series will be fixed this week by the boards of both countries during the International Cricket Council meetings.
Sri Lanka were the last full-member nation to tour Pakistan in March 2009, a series that witnessed a tragic end with the visitors being attacked by militants.