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