Pakistan is all set to bounce back and sweep Zimbabwe in the One Day International Series, which opens the World Cup Super League campaigns from Friday. Giving context to ODI cricket, the International Cricket Council has introduced the league. As per the new rules, seven leading teams in the league will directly qualify for the 2023 Cricket World Cup. The ICC World Cup 2023 will be played in India. Currently, 13 different nations are participating in the league, playing four home and away three-match ODI series.
The history between Pakistan and Zimbabwe
Records reveal that Pakistan has always been the dominant one while facing Zimbabwe in cricket. The Pakistani team sports just one ODI loss against Zimbabwe in the last 19 games. They have a streak of 2-0 win at home in 2015. In the same year, Zimbabwe became the first full ICC member to tour Pakistan after the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team in Lahore.
At the Pindi Cricket Stadium on Thursday, Babar Azam said in a video,
We will try to whitewash them by playing according to our strength.
The Pakistani cricket team New Additions
Babar’s deputy, Shadab Khan, sustained a leg injury during an intra-squad match in Lahore last week, and thus, was ruled out of Friday’s opening match. To cover for him, Usman Qadir stepped in for the first ODI. Babar has high-hopes from him and expects him to live up to his father, Abdul Qadir’s legendary techniques. Young Musa Khan also entered the squad as a backup to frontline pacemen Wahab Riaz and Shaheen Afridi.
The players of Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe has experienced players like Brendan Taylor, Sikander Raza, and Elton Chigumbura. Thus, their batting side is stronger than ever. Chibhabha has not scored a hundred in the past 104 ODIs. He scored 99 during the last series in Pakistan in 2015.
Currently, all players are in a bio-secure bubble in Rawalpindi as a precaution against the coronavirus. Chibhabha expressed how tough it was and stated from the team’s perspective,
The bubble is not all just negative and frustrating. I know we’re separated from our families, but it kind of bonds us together. Most of the time, we celebrate birthdays, get into team rooms, and play games.
Three ODIs will be followed by three T20s. These matches will take place in Rawalpindi from 7th November to 10th November 2020. As part of the coronavirus protocols, the games will be played without spectators.