Zimbabwe coach Lalchand Rajput withdraws from Pakistan tour

Lalchand Rajput

Zimbabwe head coach Lalchand Rajput is not available for his team’s next round against Pakistan due to travel restrictions, Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) confirmed Tuesday.

Rajput, a former Indian cricketer who represented his national team in four ODIs and two tries, withdrew from the tour after the Indian Embassy in Harare filed for his “exemption”.

Zimbabwe head coach Lalchand Rajput will miss the Pakistan tour after the Indian embassy in Harare asked Zimbabwe to exempt him from travel to Pakistan. The Pakistani embassy in Harare had issued a Rajput visa, “the ZC press release said.

In the absence of the Rajput, bowling coach Douglas Hondo will lead the support staff in his limited six games against Pakistan starting Oct. 30.

“With Lalchand Rajput not available, Zimbabwe has appointed Cricket bowling coach Douglas Hondo to take over the squad for all three ODIs and as many T20I matches against Pakistan,” ZC said.

Rajput assumed his responsibilities as the African nation’s head coach in 2018. Complications have been reported in obtaining a Pakistani visa for Rajputs, but these rumors were quashed and the Pakistani embassy quashed him. provided the accompanying document.

The background of diplomatic tensions between India and Pakistan adds context to the latest developments.

Zimbabwe will start their white ball campaign with three ODIs in Rawalpindi before competing in Lahore T20I starting November 7. The team and technical staff landed in the capital Islamabad today and underwent Covid-19 tests.

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