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We have come to lend a helping hand to Pakistan: Zimbabwe Cricket tour head

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LAHORE: An official form Zimbabwean cricket team on tour in Pakistan said that their whole team had volunteered for the 13-day tour.

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Ozias Bvute, leading the delegation and a former Zimbabwean Cricket chief executive, on Tuesday said, that their players were given the opportunity to voluntarily visit Pakistan, that they accepted and which is why ‘we have a full-strength team.’

“We are here to support Pakistan,” said Bvute, adding that he said they are here to play cricket and ‘we will play cricket. We are satisfied with the security arrangements and all players have come here voluntarily.’

He said Zimbabwean Cricket weighed ‘the pros and cons [of the tour]… and what ‘we wanted to achieve is to come and play against our brothers.’

On the other hand, Zimbabwean team’s skipper Elton Chigumbura, also present at the press conference, said that he is pleased on coming here. The Government of Pakistan and the Pakistan Cricket Board have put in place remarkable arrangements for the tour, he commended.

At being asked about whether the bowling or batting was the strength of his team, he said: ‘Everything’.

The guest team is ready to play its first Twenty20 match against the host Pakistan in Lahore on May 22.

Moreover, the Zimbabwean paying visit to Pakistan marks the first touring of an international team toured Pakistan since terrorist attack on Sri Lankan team back in 2009.

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