Test Cricket Tours - Zimbabwe to Pakistan 2004-05 cancelled
Tour ofPakistan 2004-05Captain: Tatenda Taibu
Test Tour Cancelled
Would have been 20th official Test tour
Would have been fourth Test-playing tour of Pakistanby Zimbabwe
Cancelled Test tour(September - October2004)
Zimbabwe was due to tour Pakistan in September 2004 and play a three-Test series with three one-day internationals.However, the Test match component of the tour was cancelled; or rather Sri Lanka stepped in to play the matches scheduled for Faisalabad and Karachi.
Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak was sacked after he claimed that selection policies were jeopardising the success of the national team.13 of Zimbabwe’s best cricketers backed him and protested. They demanded Streak’s reinstatement but Tatenda Taibu, being asked to lead Zimbabwe at the age of 20, was made captain and so they walked out.Reserve players - often talented, but completely lacking in experience - were the only ones who could be chosen for the nation's scheduled Test programme.
A one-sided mismatch against Sri Lanka followed in May, and pressure from the International Cricket Council Cricket led Zimbabwe to withdraw from Test status. On 10 June they agreed that they would play no further Test matches in 2004.
Pakistan agreed with the decision but were willing to go ahead with the tour and replaced the Test matches with a tri-series, involving Sri Lanka, for the Paktel Cup