The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on May 30 that the ongoing tour of Zimbabwe will continue as usual, after the team was told by a senior police official that the blast near the venue of Friday’s match was caused by an exploding cylinder.
According to a press release of the Zimbabwe Cricket Board, the team was told on May 30 by the Capital City Police Officer DIG Amin Vaince that the blast was outside the ‘red zone’ of the team and that this meant that the security put in place for was not breached. The police official, the statement said, assured the team of “continued safety” during the tour which ends on Sunday with the third and final one day international.
Zimbabwe’s cricket team is touring Pakistan for a landmark series, the first visit by a test-playing team since the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore.
Security has been ratcheted up for the series with around 4,000 policemen guarding the stadium itself, and a further 2,000 along the route from the Zimbabwe team hotel to the venue.
The series, comprised of two Twenty20 matches and three one-day internationals, is the first since the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan team left eight people dead.
After winning both Twenty20 matches, Pakistan also clinched the one-day series by chasing down a target of 269 in 47.2 overs in Friday’s meet.