Pakistan were expected to dominate the ODI series against Zimbabwe, but the contest turned out to be closer than they would have liked. The loss in the first match was Pakistan’s first defeat to Zimbabwe in any format in the last 15 years. First test match between Pakistan and Zimbabwe, of two matches series will be at played Harare Sports Club from August 03.
In eight Tests in Zimbabwe since 1995, Pakistan have beaten the hosts six times, including the seven-wicket win in Bulawayo in 2011; the last time Zimbabwe won against the visitors at home was in 1995.
Green shirts are consist of young seamers Junaid Khan and Rahat Ali, who are likely to open the attack with Wahab Riaz coming on as first change, even as Ajmal and Rehman handle the spin department. The batting line-up looks strong with Younis Khan and Misbah ul Haq in the middle order.
Meanwhile, the choice of an opening partner for Mohammad Hafeez is likely to be a toss-up between an uncapped Shan Masood and Khurram Manzoor, who was recalled after three years while Azhar Ali is expected to come in at one down position.
On the other hand Tino Mawoyo eyes Test return against Pakistan, who last played on the tour of West Indies. While Sean Williams is the only Zimbabwe player who has refused to play the first Test, who decided he wouldn’t take part unless he was paid. Other than Williams, Brendon Taylor was away on paternity leave. The match will start at 13:00 PST.
The uncertainty over whether the Test series between Zimbabwe and Pakistan will take place has ended as Zimbabwe’s players have decided against boycotting the matches. The players had been protesting against late payments, and have provided Zimbabwe Cricket today as the deadline for transferring the money to their accounts.