RAWALPINDI: Pakistan’s ODI Captain Babar Azam received the toss and determined to bat first on Friday as Pakistan kick-starts its Cricket World Cup Super League marketing campaign with the primary ODI of a three-match sequence towards Zimbabwe in Rawalpindi.
The opening match on the Pindi Stadium is Babar Azam’s first as Pakistan’s ODI captain. It can also be the primary worldwide match to be performed within the nation with out spectators.
A dominant Pakistan thumped Zimbabwe 5-0 in a 2018 ODI sequence, profitable each match honest and sq.. Things, nevertheless, have modified since then. Inclusion of some senior gamers comparable to Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams and Craig Ervine has given some impetus to the touring aspect.
“Our biggest problem is we often fall short of the finish line. The same happened when we just missed qualifying for the last World Cup. Overcoming these shortcomings are part of our plan,” Zimbabwe captain Chamu Chibhabha stated whereas speaking to media individuals on the eve of the primary ODI.
“We want our players to play a winning role rather than just hitting fifty and sixty and ending up on the losing side. Our main players need to guide the team.”
Chibhabha stated Zimbabwe gamers had labored on their flaws and hoped that they’d be capable to execute their plans within the sequence.
Babar warns towards complacency
“The boys are excited to take on Pakistan and give their best. We are capable of winning and going all the way, especially in presence of some experienced players. We will look to put Pakistan bowlers under pressure. We aim to put 300 plus on the board which will provide a good opportunity to our bowlers to have a go at the Pakistan batting,” he stated.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam hinted at utilizing the sequence to check out the staff’s bench energy. “We have selected a talented bunch of players including Khushdil Shah, Zafar Gohar, Usman Qadir and Haris Rauf. We have some tough assignments ahead so it is a good option to try out backup players in the home series,” he stated.
Babar stated the group can be badly missed contained in the stadium. Playing in entrance of the group, particularly at residence, gamers get all pumped up and attempt to make an additional effort. But nobody can do something as we have now to watch out due to the COVID-19 state of affairs. We hope and pray for the group’s early return to all sporting occasions.”
Pakistan and Zimbabwe have confronted one another 59 instances. The Greenshirts have received 52 and misplaced 4 of these encounters with one tie and two no-results.
Pitch and climate circumstances
The pitch ready for the opening match appears to be like like an ideal batting strip. As is the standard case on the Pindi Stadium, seamers may get some help early on with the brand new ball.
“We have tried to prepare a sporting track, a bit tilted in favour of the batsmen considering it is one-day cricket. I hope like the National T20 Cup, these pitches will not disappoint fans,” head curator Mohammad Ashraf stated.
The climate in Rawalpindi is anticipated to be dry and clear all through the sequence.
Abid Ali, Imam ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf
Sikandar Raza, Brian Chari, Chamu Chibhabha, Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor, Wesley Madhevere, Sean Williams, Carl Mumba, Tendai Chisoro, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava
Aleem Dar and Ahsan Raza (on-field umpires), Asif Yaqoob (third umpire), Rashid Riaz (fourth umpire); Javed Malik (match referee).