A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Pakistan looking to postpone series against Zimbabwe in order to play arch-rivals India

Pakistan are hoping to play Zimbabwe sometime next year

Pakistan are looking to postpone their series against Zimbabwe later this year in order to avoid a clash with their proposed tour of India, which is scheduled to take place around the same time.

The Pakistan team are scheduled to play two Tests, three ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals against Zimbabwe from December to January, but after coming to an agreement with their Indian counterparts, Pakistan are looking to play the series sometime in the future.

India will face England in a  Test series before Pakistan arrive during the Christmas break, despite no official dates being set, and the series between the two arch-rivals will have concluded by the time England return for their limited overs series against India in the new year.

This will be the first time the two neighbouring nations have squared off against each other since 2007, when Pakistan toured India.

Speaking exclusively to ESPNcricinfo, a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesman said: “We have requested Zimbabwe to reschedule the series because of the India-Pakistan series, they agreed to work out another plan to host us so there is no way the series will be cancelled. Instead the PCB and Zimbabwe Cricket are in discussions make it happen next year.”

After the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20 later this month in Sri Lanka, Pakistan will not have any international tours until their series against Zimbabwe.

Pakistan had not finalised the dates of their series against Zimbabwe as well.

Pakistan last toured Zimbabwe for a very short series in 2011.

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