Pakistan is all set to tour Zimbabwe to play a bilateral five-match one-day series. The series will begin from 13th July as the first game will be played at Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo. Hosts Zimbabwe have plenty of issues in their hand as key players such as Graeme Cremer, Sean Williams, Brendan Taylor are not available for selection and currently engaged in a dispute with Cricket Board on payment issues.
Hamilton Masakadza might captain for the series after leading the side for the Zimbabwe Tri-series featuring Pakistan and Australia. Solomon Mire, Peter Moor, and Elton Chigumbura will have to raise their game and chip in with runs for Zimbabwe. Craig Ervine is also a useful player coming down the order.
Masakadza will need to use all his experience to make sure Zimbabwe can put in a good show against Pakistan in the five-match one-day series. Malcolm Waller is a genuine all-rounder and provides value with bat and ball.
Kyle Jarvis, Donald Tiripano, and Blessing Muzarabani are three frontline options for Zimbabwe for the one-day series. Jarvis return has bolstered Zimbabwe’s bowling resources. TL Chatara has been a consistent performer for the side in limited-overs cricket.
Pakistan will be keen to get back to winning ways after suffering a 5-0 whitewash at the hands of New Zealand in a one-day series earlier this year. Fakhar Zaman has been a premier player for Pakistan in limited-overs cricket since making his debut in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
The pugnacious opener will be keen to continue his good form in the series as well. Pakistan will be hoping that Babar Azam is available for the series after getting injured during the tour to England. Azam has been a bankable player for Pakistan in limited-overs format and would be keen to play an active part in the five-match series.
Azhar Ali and Imam-ul-Haq will be fighting hard for the opening slot alongside Fakhar Zaman. Imam-ul-Haq might get the nod given his good performances at the domestic level.
Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shoaib Malik, and Asif Ali will need to put in crucial runs for Pakistan at the back end of the innings.
Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan have put in impressive numbers for Pakistan since 2017. Hasan is the premier pacer for the side in the limited-overs format. Mohammad Amir, Usman Khan Shinwari, and Rumman Raees are other pace options for the side against Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe vs Pakistan 2018 Schedule
1st ODI – Zimbabwe vs Pakistan
Friday, July 13, 2018, at 07:15 GMT
2nd ODI – Zimbabwe vs Pakistan
Monday, July 16, 2018, at 07:15 GMT
3rd ODI – Zimbabwe vs Pakistan
Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at 07:15 GMT
4th ODI – Zimbabwe vs Pakistan
Friday, July 20, 2018, at 07:15 GMT
5th ODI – Zimbabwe vs Pakistan
Sunday, July 22, 2018, at 07:15 GMT