Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) on Saturday (June 30) has appointed Hamilton Masakadza as the skipper of the national team ahead of the Twenty20 International Tri-Nation series also involving Pakistan and Australia.

Pertinently, the series will be played at the Harare Sports Club (HSC). It is not the first time that Masakadza was appointed as the leader of the team. He also led Zimbabwe during the ICC World Twenty20 campaign in India back in 2016.

Masakadza has a bundle of experience and will look to help Zimbabwe give a tough competition to the opponents. Pakistan is the No. 1 side in the shortest format of the game.

The top-order batsman played 52 Twenty20 Internationals, 193 One-day Internationals, and 36 Tests during his illustrious career. He is currently the highest-ranked Zimbabwe batsman in the shortest format of the game.

There will be no doubt about the fact that Masakadza’s experience will come in pretty handy. The opening match will be held between Pakistan and Zimbabwe on Sunday. It will be followed by Australia and Zimbabwe on the very next day. There is no doubt about the fact that Pakistan will start as the favourites.

Hamilton Masakadza, Zimbabwe, Pink-ball, South Africa, Graeme Cremer, Boland Park, Paarl, Port Elizabeth
Hamilton Masakadza has five tons to his name in Test cricket. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

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Zimbabwe will host Pakistan in a five-match ODI series 

Zimbabwe will again play Pakistan on Wednesday followed by Pakistan vs Australia for the second time on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe will take Australia for the second time on Friday. It will be the final match in the round-robin league. The top-two teams in the points table will go through to the final of the tournament.

Following the conclusion of the Tri-nation series, Zimbabwe will host Pakistan in a five-match ODI series.

Meanwhile, the appointment of Hamilton Masakadza came after many top players from Zimbabwe withdrew their name from the tournament.

Well, they haven’t been paid properly in the past which had resulted in them taking the stern action.

Hamilton Masakadza
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Players like Sikander Raza, Graeme Cremer, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams and Craig Ervine will not participate in the series unless they are cleared of their dues.

The team combination for Zimbabwe won’t be the best and hence there is hardly any doubt that Pakistan and Australia are firm favourites.

However, the board will be eager to get the top players back for the ODI series.