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Pakistan vs Zimbabwe series set to go ahead after tourists name extended squad

Jordan Carlisle September 21, 2020
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Zimbabwe look set to take on Pakistan as scheduled in October and November after the tourists named an experienced provisional 25-man squad.

The Chevrons are due to arrive in Pakistan on 20 October before a three-match ODI series in Multan and three T20Is in Rawalpindi.

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The PCB reportedly contacted the ECB recently to seek advice about the creation of bio-secure bubbles, with player safety taking precedence.

All six matches are likely to take place behind closed doors.

Zimbabwe currently sit 14th and 11th in the ICC ODI and T20I rankings respectively, well behind Pakistan, who are sixth and fourth.

However, the tourists have a number of quality cricketers in their squad.

Chamu Chibhabha will skipper the side in both formats and he has a number of experienced campaigners to turn to for advice.

Brendan Taylor is the pick of the bunch with the bat and he could move to one shy of 200 ODI appearances on the tour. The former Nottinghamshire star averages 35.14 in the format, boasting ten hundreds and 38 fifties in what is an impressive record.

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Left-handers, Sean Williams and Craig Ervine, are set to play a big role in the middle-order with both batsmen scoring hundreds in their most recent Test appearances and possessing decent white-ball records.

Zimbabwe aren’t as strong with the ball, but they can call upon former Lancashire opening quick, Kyle Jarvis, as well as the accurate Donald Tiripano.

The tourists’ trump card is arguably Sikandar Raza. Fresh from winning CPL 2020 with the Trinbago Knight Riders, the Pakistan-born all-rounder is dangerous with both bat and ball.

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The 34-year-old has 100 ODIs under his belt, averaging close to 35 with the bat and claiming 59 wickets with his off-breaks.

Pakistan showed promise during their recent white-ball series’ in England, particularly in the T20I format, and they will be heavy favourites on home soil, but Zimbabwe should not be underestimated.

The PCB will be hoping this tour goes smoothly amid plans to welcome some of the world’s top international teams to the country over the next two years.

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Jordan has been working for GRV Media since 2018, after completing a Media and Journalism postgraduate degree at the University of Glasgow. Brought up in Belfast, he has a passion for writing and has followed British and European football avidly all his life.