The Pakistan cricket team is now touring Zimbabwe for T20I and Test bilateral series in international cricket. The tour includes 3 T20Is and 2 Tests. Pakistan has won the T20I series 2-1. The two teams will face each other in the first Test of the series, starting from April 30 at the Sports Club Stadium in Harare. The second and final Test match of the series will be starting from May 7 at the same venue.
Pakistan and Zimbabwe have met in a total of 17 Tests since 1993. Where Pakistan has won 10 matches and Zimbabwe has won 3 matches and 4 matches have been drawn. The last Test series between the two teams was drawn in September 2013. They played two matches against each other in that series. Pakistan won the first match and Zimbabwe won the second match.
Pakistan beat South Africa (2-0) in their last 2 Tests to win the series. On the other hand, Zimbabwe drew their last 2-match Test series against Afghanistan’s hosts (1-1).
Zimbabwe last won a Test series against Pakistan was back in 1998. After almost 23 years, Zimbabwe is still waiting to win a series again. On the other hand, Pakistan will also want to end the tour with a series win this time. They will keep an eye on the regrets of not winning the series last time against Zimbabwe not to happen again this time.
Although Pakistan is ahead in terms of statistics, after drawing the last Test series, the players of the Zimbabwe team are now confident. Moreover, this time playing on their home soil, they must try their best to make the series memorable.
In the ICC Test rankings, Pakistan is in the 5th position with 90 ratings playing 26 matches and Zimbabwe is in the 10th position in the points table with 29 ratings playing 11 matches. So, both teams have to work hard in this series to build a stronger position in the points table.
Zimbabwe – Sean Williams (c), Brendan Taylor (wk), Tendai Chisoro, Luke Jongwe, Regis Chakabva, Tanaka Chivanga, Roy Kaia, Wellington Masakadza, Tarisai Musakanda, Kevin Kasuza, Prince Masvaure, Blessing Muzarabani, Victor Nyauchi, Donald Tiripano, Richard Ngarava, Milton Shumba
Pakistan – Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Abid Ali, Fawad Alam, Imran Butt, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Haris Rauf, Shahnawaz Dhani, Agha Salman, Zahid Mahmood, Abdullah Shafique, Saud Shakeel, Mohammad Nawaz, Tabish Khan, Sarfaraz Ahmed
Test match schedule for Zimbabwe and Pakistan:
1st Test – 29th-03rd May, Harare Sports Club (Harare), 01:30 (GMT+6)
2nd Test – 07th-11th May, Harare Sports Club (Harare), 01:30 (GMT+6)
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