Pakistan named 15-man squad for the first One-Day International against Zimabawe at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on Friday. The hosts left out senior batsman Mohammad Hafeez from the squad. Hafeez was originally named in the preliminary squad for the ODI series against Zimbawe.
Young fast bowler Mohammad Hasnain was also not picked in the squad while vice-captain Shadab Khan was unavailable for selection after being ruled out of the first match due to stiffness in his left upper-leg. Premier batsman Babar Azam will lead the side for the three-ODI series.
“I’m keen on winning the ODIs as this is my first series as captain,” said Azam.
“No team is easy in international cricket so we won’t take Zimbabwe lightly.”
Zimbabwe tour of Pakistan schedule
According to a report in espncricinfo, ZC had sent a five-person delegation to Pakistan to assess the arrangements for the teams’ bio-secure bubble. The delegation, comprising two health officers, one security in-charge, and two ZC executives began their inter-city travel after returning two negative Covid-19 tests within 48 hours of arrival in Islamabad.
Zimbabwe are scheduled to face Pakistan for three ODI matches and as many T20Is. The series will get underway with the first of three-ODI series which gets underway from October 30 and will conclude with the final game on November 3.
The T20I series will get underway after a three-day break on November 7 and will conclude with the final game on the 10th.
Zimbabwe will tour Pakistan for the first time since 2015 after they became the first Full Member to visit the country after the terror attack on the Sri Lankan team in 2009.