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Lalchand Rajput skips Zimbabwe’s Pakistan tour due to travel guidelines

By: PTI | Karachi |

Up to date: October 20, 2020 5:06:08 pm

Lalchand Rajput was appointed as Zimbabwe’s full-time head coach in August 2018. (Supply: Twitter/@ZimCricketv)

Zimbabwe cricket coach Lalchand Rajput has not travelled with the workforce for a tour of Pakistan after the Indian embassy in Harare requested his exemption from the limited-overs collection.

A press release from Zimbabwe Cricket stated that Rajput gained’t be part of the tour following the request from the Indian embassy. In Rajput’s absence, bowling coach Douglas Hondo would take cost of the workforce throughout the tour.

“@Lalchandrajput7 will miss the @TheRealPCB tour after the Embassy of India in Harare wrote to @ZimCricketv asking that he be exempted from visiting Pakistan. The Embassy of Pakistan in Harare had issued a visa to Rajput,” the ZC tweeted.

“With @Lalchandrajput7 unavailable, @ZimCricketv has appointed bowling coach Douglas Hondo to take cost of the workforce for the three ODIs and as many T20Is video games towards @TheRealPCB.”

The Zimbabwean workforce is scheduled to play three ODIs towards Pakistan in Rawalpindi, beginning October 30, earlier than shifting to Lahore for 3 T20Is. The visiting workforce arrived in Pakistan on Tuesday.

‘ESPNCricinfo’ reported that the exemption for Rajput was sought citing “journey tips of the (Indian) authorities for its residents”.

A PCB spokesperson referred to as it an inner matter of Zimbabwe Cricket.

“The Zimbabwe Cricket officers had received a visa for Mr Lal Chand Rajput from the Pakistan Excessive Fee in Harare and if he has not come that is an inner matter between ZC and Mr Rajput,” he stated.

Nonetheless, a prime supply within the PCB stated that the directives of the Indian authorities to not enable Rajput to go to Pakistan had triggered some issues within the Board. India and Pakistan have had no bilateral cricketing ties attributable to tense diplomatic ties between the 2 nations.

“The issues are real as a result of the PCB is ready for affirmation from the ICC and BCCI by January-February that the nationwide workforce could be issued visas by the Indian authorities for subsequent 12 months’s World T20 in India,” the supply stated.

“Is mindless to cease him from travelling to Pakistan when he has been issued a visa. The PCB is sure to offer the very best safety and hospitality to the visiting contingent as per laws,” he added.

The PCB has additionally invited South Africa and England to ship groups to Pakistan in January-February.

A delegation of Cricket South Africa is due in Lahore subsequent month throughout the Pakistan Tremendous League matches to examine the safety preparations for his or her workforce.

The 58-year-old Rajput was appointed as Zimbabwe’s full-time coach in August 2018, after the workforce’s failure to qualify for the 2019 World Cup.

The Zimbabwe gamers have been required to endure two COVID-19 checks — one in Harare previous to their departure on Monday, and one other on Tuesday.

This can be Zimbabwe’s first tour of Pakistan since 2015.

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