Islamabad:- The Zimbabwe cricket squad reached Islamabad on Tuesday to play two limited Overs series against Pakistan.
The Zimbabwe Cricket Team warmly welcomed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials at the airport. Players of the visiting team who are visiting Pakistan after five years will spend their first week (Oct 21 to 27) in quarantine in Islamabad.
The Zimbabwe Cricket team left on Monday morning from their home country with a traveling crew of 20 players.
Three One-day Internationals will be played between Pakistan and Zimbabwe— all matches being played in Rawalpindi from Oct 30 — followed by as many T20 Internationals in Lahore from Nov 7 to 10.
The Rawalpindi matches will be part of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League from which the seven top-ranked teams, apart from hosts India, will qualify directly for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, in accordance with the press release promulgated by the PCB a day earlier.
The senior players including former captains Sarfaraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik and fast bowler Mohammad Amir were missed out while uncapped players Abdullah Shafiq and Usman Qadir along with youngsters Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Musa Khan and Zafar Gohar were selected by the chief selector and head coach Misbahul Haq in a twenty-two member squad announced on Monday.
Shadab Khan, Leg- Spinner has been declared as vice-captain in both ODI and T20I formats.
In spite of two uncapped and three inexperienced players, the rest of the seventeen (17) squad members are experienced as Haq decided not to take the visiting Zimbabweans easy.
Babar Azam, Haider Ali, Abdullah Shafiq, Imamul Haq, Haris Sohail, Abid Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Rizwan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Rohail Nazir, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Rauf, Musa Khan, Wahab Riaz, Usman Qadir, Zafar Gohar.