Zimbabwean players arrives in Islamabad after 5 years

News Desk

The cricket team of Zimbabwe has arrived in Islamabad on Tuesday to play two limited overs series against Pakistan. The team left on Monday morning from their home country with a travelling squad of 20 players. They are visiting the country after five years.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials welcomed the team of Zimbabwe at the airport. The Zimbabwe team will spend their first week (Oct 21 to 27) in quarantine in Islamabad.

There will be three One-day Internationals — all matches being staged in Rawalpindi from Oct 30 — followed by as many T20 Internationals in Lahore from Nov 7 to 10.

Series schedule

Oct 30 – 1st ODI, Rawalpindi
Nov 1 – 2nd ODI, Rawalpindi
Nov 3 – 3rd ODI, Rawalpindi

Nov 7 – 1st T20I, Lahore
Nov 8 – 2nd T20I, Lahore
Nov 10 – 3rd T20I, Lahore

According to a press release issued by the PCB a day earlier, the Rawalpindi matches will be part of International Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League from which the seven top-ranked sides, apart from hosts India, will qualify directly for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.

Pakistan squad

Uncapped players Abdullah Shafiq and Usman Qadir along with youngsters Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Musa Khan and Zafar Gohar were named by chief selector and head coach Misbahul Haq in a 22-member squad announced on Monday.

Shadab Khan has been appointed as vice-captain in both ODI and T20 formats.

Squad: Babar Azam, Haider Ali, Abid Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafiq, Imamul Haq, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Hafeez, Khushdil Shah, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Rohail Nazir, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Rizwan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Rauf, Musa Khan, Wahab Riaz, Usman Qadir, Zafar Gohar.