Zimbabwe coach Lalchand Rajput ‘exempted’ from traveling to Pakistan

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The Zimbabwe coach couldn’t go after the Embassy of India in Harare wrote to ZC, requesting Rajput to be “exempted” from the tour as per the travel guidelines for Indian citizens © Getty

Zimbabwe head coach Lalchand Rajput will be missing the upcoming tour of Pakistan, the cricket board confirmed Tuesday, hours after the team landed in Islamabad without him.

Zimbabwe Cricket said in a release that Rajput, a former India international, had the required clearance from the Embassy of Pakistan but couldn’t go after the Embassy of India in Harare wrote to them, requesting Rajput to be “exempted” from the tour in line with the travel guidelines for Indian citizens.

“The Embassy of India in Harare wrote to Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) asking that Rajput, who is an Indian national, be exempted from visiting Pakistan for the limited-overs tour in accordance with the travel guidelines stipulated by the Government of India for its citizens,” the release said. “The Embassy of Pakistan in Harare had issued a visa to Rajput.”

In Rajput’s absence, bowling coach Douglas Hondo will now be the acting head coach on the tour.

Zimbabwe will be playing three ODIs in Rawalpindi before moving to Lahore for the three-match T20I series. This will be Zimbabwe’s first visit to the country since 2015.

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