Harare: The Pakistan women's cricket team's ongoing tour of Zimbabwe will end abruptly on Friday as the side's official carrier, Emirates Airlines, has decided to suspend its operations on the Harare-Dubai route from Saturday.
Pakistan were to play the second ODI of an ongoing series on Friday but will instead board the flight back home as Emirates won't operate from Saturday till 28 February on this route.
"@ZimCricketv and @TheRealPCB have mutually agreed to end Pakistan Women's ongoing tour to Harare due to the latest travel policies of the visiting side's carrier, Emirates Airlines.
"They are now departing this Friday instead of 21 Feb as originally planned," Zimbabwe Cricket said in a statement posted on Twitter.
JUST IN: @ZimCricketv and @TheRealPCB have mutually agreed to end Pakistan Women's ongoing tour to Harare due to the latest travel policies of the visiting side’s carrier, Emirates Airlines. They are now departing this Friday instead of 21 Feb as originally planned#ZIMWvPAKW pic.twitter.com/rNvI3JRswH
— Zimbabwe Cricket (@ZimCricketv) February 11, 2021
The statement did not say why the airline was suspending operations on the route for the given duration.
Pakistan won the opening match on Tuesday and the series was to be a three-match affair followed by as many T20 Internationals.
It was being held in a bio-secure bubble in Harare and was set to end on 20 February.
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The PCB said it was disappointed that two people had shown carelessness and violated the bio-secure bubble protocols.
The touring team will stay in a bio-secure environment and matches will be confined to two venues – SuperSport Park in Centurion and the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.
The PCB is confident that it is now well-versed in implementing its COVID-19 procedures, with only one local player being expelled for violating protocols during a domestic game.