SRC condemns Pak tour

HARARE - The  Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) has condemned Zimbabwe Cricket’s (ZC) decision to go ahead with the tour of the volatile Pakistan.

ZC disobeyed a directive from the SRC and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and went ahead with the tour.

“We have learnt with great concern that the Zimbabwe Cricket tour to Pakistan went ahead in spite of the SRC‘s decision not to clear the tour for security reasons,” SRC said in a statement.

“Without condoning the action taken by the Zimbabwe Cricket, we pray and hope that our security concerns will not manifest themselves and that our team will be safe from any harm of any nature. We also wish them success in the five match series.

“Going forward the SRC will engage the Zimbabwe Cricket for them to account for their decision to proceed with the tour.

“We wish to reiterate that the safety of the team was the overriding consideration in making our decision.

“No measure of benefits can supersede the sanctity of human life.”

The Zimbabwean delegation was expected to arrive in Pakistan this morning where they will play three ODIs and two Twenty20 matches.

Zimbabwe becomes the first Test-playing nation to visit Pakistan after the bus attack on the Sri Lanka team that killed seven people in 2009.

In recent weeks, Islamic State (Isis) and Taliban militants have stepped up their terrorist attacks in Pakistan.

Last week, over 44 people were killed when Isis militants attacked a bus in Karachi.

Even the International Cricket Council declined to send their accredited match officials to be in charge of the five matches.

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