Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is likely to reschedule the two-match Test series against Zimbabwe to host the remaining Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches of season six in that period.
According to sources, PCB is considering to send only white-ball squad for the upcoming South Africa and Zimbabwe tour.
Pakistan is scheduled to play three One-Day Internationals and four T20Is against Proteas and two Tests and three T20Is against Zimbabwe. However, the red-ball contest against the latter is being readjusted to a later time.
“Though it is always difficult to readjust international tours, still efforts are on to make some adjustments enabling the PCB to organise remaining matches of the PSL before start of the Indian Premier League,” a source from PCB told the correspondent.
They added that negotiations with the Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) were underway in this regard. “The white-ball cricket tour to both countries is possible as the squad is to leave on the scheduled dates to play one-day and T20 games in South Africa and then limited-overs series in Zimbabwe,” the official said.
“The Test series could also be readjusted for some later dates provided that both the boards agree to the proposal.”
It has been learnt that now when India and New Zealand have already made it to the World Test Championship final, adjustments with Zimbabwe could be made easily.
“To hold the PSL’s remaining matches, you need at least two-week time. Holding 20 matches is only possible before the IPL engagements if we skip the Test series in Zimbabwe.”
PCB chairman Ehsan Mani is likely to take up the Test series postponement issue with the ZC.
“It will be up to both the boards to agree or disagree to the proposal. Pakistan may assure the ZC that a full-fledged Test series will replace the one scheduled for next month.”
The source added that it had been decided to send the limited-overs team to South Africa first.