After splendid performance in ODI and T20 series against South Africa, Pakistan cricket team will now be competing against Zimbabwe in a three match Twenty20 International (T20I) series, starting on April 21 in Harare.
The Pakistan squad has arrived in Harare from Johannesburg, where the players cleared their covid-19 tests conducted upon arrival. The team with the staff members travelled from Johannesburg to Harare on a chartered plane yesterday and underwent necessary covid-19 testing after they landed.
Pakistan and Zimbabwe will first play three T20Is on April 21, April 23 and April 25, following which the two teams will participate in two red-ball matches. The first Test will begin on April 29 while the second one will commence on May 7.
The Men in Green have started their first training session today.
Pakistan, who have a perfect record Zimbabwe in T20Is with victories in all 14 matches, will start as favourites to win the series.
Leading the Zimbabwe side will be all-rounder Sean Williams, while Pakistan will be captained by star batsman Babar Azam.
The names of the players included in both teams are mentioned below:
Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Sharjeel Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Abdullah Shafique, Haider Ali, Danish Aziz, Saud Shakeel, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Arshad Iqbal, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Usman Qadir, Hasan Ali.
Zimbabwe: Sean Williams (c), Ryan Burl, Regis Chakabva, Tanaka Chivanga, Craig Ervine, Luke Jongwe, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Wessly Madhevere, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Wellington Masakadza, Tapiwa Mufudza, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, Brendan Taylor, Donald Tiripano.
Schedule for T20I series
- 21 April – 1st T20I v Zimbabwe; Harare Sports Club, Harare
- 23 April – 2nd T20I v Zimbabwe; Harare Sports Club, Harare
- 25 April – 3rd T20I v Zimbabwe; Harare Sports Club, Harare
Meanwhile, media reports have claimed that the team management was keen on resting fast-bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi, during the past few months, but the latter refused to sit on the bench despite workload concerns.
Shaheen’s performance was also not up to the mark during the recently concluded tour of South Africa, which once again raised questions marks over his workload management.
As per Cricket Pakistan, Afridi will be resting in the first few matches of the Zimbabwe series, to ensure that his body receives the necessary rest required.
The bowling coach Waqar Younis, during yesterday’s virtual press conference, had also hinted that youngsters could be given a chance during the three match T20I series against Zimbabwe.
From : pk.mashable.com