LAHORE - Zimbabwean umpire Russell Tiffin would also officiate Pakistan-Zimbabwe series matches along with Pakistani umpires after the International Cricket Council (ICC) refused to provide officials for the series.

Pakistan’s international renowned umpire Aleem Dar, Sri Lankan team attack survivor Ahsan Raza, Shozab Raza, Ahmed Shahab and Khalid Mahmood would officiate the matches along with Zimbabwean umpire Russell Tiffin.

Pakistan appointed the officials after the ICC said earlier Sunday it would not send its elite panel neutral umpires. "The ICC's decision has been made after receiving a report from its security consultant," the council said in a statement.

The world body said it decided in April that the mandatory requirement of neutral umpires for international matches would be waived due to security conditions in Pakistan should the series with Zimbabwe go ahead. It gave assurances that the matches would still be considered official fixtures.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has said it received confirmation from Zimbabwe Cricket that the tour would go ahead. The tourists, expected to arrive early Tuesday, will play two Twenty20s (on May 22 and 24) and three one-day internationals (on May 26, 29 and 31) -- all in Lahore. Ticket sales for the series started on Saturday.