After only a week at home, the Zimbabweans took to the skies again for a tour of Pakistan.
Zimbabwe were in control of the first Test before an extraordinary partnership of 313 between Wasim Akram who hit 257 and Saqlain Mushtaq saved Pakistan.In the second Test a weakened Zimbabwe were at first struggling but made a good fight in the second innings until some unfavourable umpiring decisions broke their resistance.
The touring team's fast bowling attack suffered from the unavailability of Streak and Brandes as well as the loss of Olonga to injury while on tour. 20 year-olds Mpumelelo Mbangwa and Everton Matambanadzo became the second and third black cricketers, following fellow fast bowler Henry Olonga, to be included in a Zimbabwe team. Thrust into the second Test match, neither rookie could make much impression. Zimbabwe then lost the one-day series three-nil, although Matambanadzo, taken on tour largely as a net bowler, had success briefly with 4-34 in the one-dayer at Peshawar.
Despite the defeat the selectors stuck with Alistair Campbell for a home series against England and a one-day competition in South Africa. The indications were that Dave Houghton, with innings of 43, 65, 1 and 73 in the Test matches was coping well with the role of player-coach but he retired from playing international cricket next March.