LAHORE - After meeting with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and security officials, Zimbabwe team has decided to continue its tour and play the third and final One-Day International (ODI) here at the Gaddafi Stadium today (Sunday).

Zimbabwe have, however, cancelled their plans to go shopping in the city, even as the security cover around the team has been beefed up.

There are still confusions about the blasts as the Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Amin Wains has still termed it a transformer blast demanding 48 hours as after that everything will be clear to everyone while federal information minister Pervaiz Rashid has said it was a suicide attack near Gaddafi Stadium during the second match which claimed two lives and injured a few.

The police initially explained the explosion as an electricity transformer blast, in a bid to avoid panic, and the players were also told the same on their way from the stadium to the hotel after the match.

A PCB spokesman has told the media that the incident happened away from the main premises and nothing is affected. "The tour will go ahead as planned and the Zimbabwe team continued with their usual activities but didn’t train on Saturday. They will play the third match today (Sunday) and subsequently will fly back in the wee hours of Monday."

Minister Pervaiz Rashid had said that an attempt to attack the stadium was foiled by a police official, who lost his life while trying to stop the attacker. However, Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Amin Wains said he was not in a position to confirm the nature of the blast.

The CCPO said: "Right now, it is not possible for me to confirm or say something conclusive that whether it is a suicide attack or cylinder blast. All evidence collected says that most probably a cylinder blast took place in the three-wheeler auto rickshaw. We have sent all the evidence to the forensic lab to confirm the nature of the blast.”

"There was a statement from the federal government which came without speaking to us whether it was a suicide or cylinder blast but as a city police chief, we will share all with you within 48 hours,” Wains added.

"The main thing to share here is that it was all happened far from the red zone which was created for the team. So there was absolutely no abnormality inside or outside the stadium as things were moving normally throughout. Everyone knows that it is a minor sort of incident, although it took two innocent lives, but had it been a suicide, the casualties could have been much more than this,” he said.

"We have beefed up our security and enhanced our red zone area. We have the resolve and the capacity to provide full security to our guests Zimbabwe team. They are heroes, we treat them like heroes. We are very delighted that they are visiting our country and the entire nation is also grateful to them for their visit to us,” the CCPO added.  The incident took place beside the first check-post for public entry to the ground, near the outermost ring of the three-tier security of Nishtar Park Complex at Ferozpur Road, about 800 metres from the Gaddafi Stadium. It was audible to those in the ground and even inside the enclosed media box.

The match remained unaffected after the blast while the paramilitary forces guarding the first layer cordoned off the area. Within 30 minutes, the entire area in the radius of 2 km was locked down and closed for general traffic.

Federation of International Cricketers' Association (FICA) had warned against playing in Pakistan ahead of the series and their executive chairman Tony Irish said: "This was a tragic loss of life over cricket and demonstrates that the security situation remains unmanageable and the risks of touring Pakistan are unacceptable. I am very surprised Zimbabwe are staying on to play the third ODI."