Pakistan will play their second international series since March as they host Zimbabwe in three ODIs and as many T20Is. Babar Azam will lead Men in Green.
Pakistan will become the third nation across the globe to host an international cricket series since March as Men in Green lock horns with Zimbabwe in six white-ball games from October 30 to November 10. The series will kick off with three ODIs before the two teams play three T20Is. All six matches will be played in Rawalpindi.
Earlier, the T20I series was scheduled to be played in Lahore but smog and air quality forced the board to shift all the matches to Rawalpindi. Zimbabwe have toured Pakistan for the second time since 2015. The first team to play international cricket in Pakistan after 2009, Zimbabwe had last played here five years back as well.
Interestingly, Babar Azam had made his international debut in that series and now he is set to lead Pakistan in an ODI for the first time. Going into the opening ODI of the series, Pakistan have dealt a blow as their vice-captain Shadab Khan is unfit. He hasn’t been named in the 15-man squad for the opening ODI.
The team management also decided against including Haider Ali, who scored a half-century on his T20I debut against England in September.
Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman will continue to open the innings with the likes of Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, all-rounder Imad Wasim and Haris Sohail coming in the middle-order.
For Zimbabwe, former captain Brendon Taylor will the key. Blessing Muzarabani’s comeback is a huge boost for the team and the tall pacer will hope to make a memorable return to international cricket.
Here’s all you need to know about Pakistan vs Zimbabwe 1st ODI:
When and what time will Pakistan vs Zimbabwe 1st ODI begin?
Pakistan vs Zimbabwe 1st ODI will begin at 12:30 PM IST on October 30. The toss will take place at 12:00 PM IST.
Where will Pakistan vs Zimbabwe 1st ODI take place?
The Pakistan vs Zimbabwe 1st ODI match will be held at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi.
Which channel will telecast Pakistan vs Zimbabwe 1st ODI on TV in India?
Pakistan vs Zimbabwe 1st ODI will not have a live telecast in India. The match will be available only on PTV Sports.
How to watch the live streaming of Pakistan vs Zimbabwe 1st ODI?
The match can be live streaming on the official YouTube channel of Pakistan Cricket.