Cricket fans can watch history being made live online as the landmark Zimbabwe tour of Pakistan now moves into its second phase — a three-match ODI series with the first One Day International match played at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Pakistan, on Tuesday.
To find out how to watch the First Zimbabwe vs. Pakistan ODI live online, see the information at the bottom of this article. First ball is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, May 26, in Lahore. That's 5 a.m. United States Eastern Time on Tuesday morning — 2 a.m. Pacific.
The ODI series follows a two-match T20 series that saw the return of international cricket to Pakistan, a nation crazy for the game, after a six-year, security-driven boycott by all other major cricket playing nations — including all 10 ranked Test playing nations.
Zimbabwe, ranked 10th among the Test nations and needing matches against quality opposition, agreed to tour Pakistan as long as their security could be as iron-clad as that provided for visiting world leaders. No significant international cricket had been played in Pakistan since terrorists attacked a bus carrying the Sri Lanka national cricket team in 2009.
A massive cadre of 4,000 police officers maintained tight security at Gaddafi Stadium for both T20 matches Friday and Sunday, with helicopters circling overhead and barbed wiring separating the stands from the field of play. The security measures are set to remain in place throughout the ODI series.
Pakistan won both T20 matches to open the Zimbabwe tour, including a thriller on Sunday that saw them squeak past the visitors by two wickets with a mere two balls remaining.
Pakistan pacer Mohammad Sami, all-rounder Shoaib Malik, and batsman Ahmed Shehzad were all recalled to the squad for the First ODI. The landmark Zimbabwe tour concludes with ODI matches on Friday, May 29, and Sunday, May 31.
India-based website CricHD will stream the First ODI at this link, but viewers there will have to put up with numerous advertisements that often cause slowdowns when viewing online. The best way to watch the Zimbabwe vs. Pakistan cricket T20 match live online in the United States is through Willow TV, which is available via this YouTube link with a monthly subscription fee, as well as on Willow TV's own site, accessible by clicking here.
However, certain promotional offers make it possible to watch Willow TV, including the Zimbabwe vs. Pakistan ODI series, legally online free for a limited period of time, such as the offer at this link — or the one-month free trial of Sling TV's International Sports Package, which includes the all-cricket channel. Information on that deal can be found at this link.
Viewers with access to Pakistan internet sites can watch the match line online via Geo Super TV by clicking here.
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