Pakistan in Zimbabwe 2013 August 6, 2013

Pakistan's Zimbabwe tour dates confirmed

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The dates for Pakistan's full tour of Zimbabwe have finally been announced little more than two weeks before the first match. Pakistan will play two Tests, three ODIs and two Twenty20s in a tour that begins on August 23 and ends on September 14.

All the limited-overs matches and the first Test will be played in Harare, while the second Test will be held in Bulawayo.

The series was originally supposed to take place last December but was postponed as it clashed with Pakistan's tour of India after the two countries decided to resume bilateral cricketing relations.

A space opened up in the schedule for the tour to Zimbabwe as Pakistan and West Indies were unable to find a window for playing Tests against each other, and pared down their series to a bunch of ODIs and Twenty20s.

It continues a busy home season for Zimbabwe, who have already hosted Bangladesh and India in the past three months.

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  • on August 6, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    Good Batting practice time for pakistan, they struggled in the batting department in the past few months and apart from Misbah and Umar Akmal nobody really chipped in. Time to give opportunity to young blood and check the real batting potential of the team....Best of Luck Team Pak :)

  • Izzmail55 on August 11, 2013, 23:15 GMT

    This is the worse selection possible for Zimbabwe there should have all young people going

  • spellbinder76 on August 9, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    100% of the comments are against the inclusion of Imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal. While Imran Farhat has been tested and tried and failed again and again, Faisal has never been tested. Nawaz Shareef, Najm Sethi or the courts should interveine and fire the selection committee. Why is Farrukh Zaman always in the selection committee, we need new faces like Salahuddin, Rashid Latif or Sarfaraz Nawaz. Team selected for t-20 and ODI is not bad but the test team selection is the worst in recent history. Every time Wahab Riaz bowls the nations heart is in their mouth.

  • spellbinder76 on August 7, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    A man on the street could have selected a better side for the Champion Trophy. A taxi driver in Manchester said this side can never win. The one good thing that came out after the CT disaster that we finally got rid of Imran Farhat and Kamran Akmal. When the team for WI was announced I said this team will win all matches. But Imran Farhat is back again against the weal Zimbabwe. For sure he will score 30, 40 or 50 runs and become a permanent players leading up to the World Cup in 2015. That will be again another disaster, and if by an early exit from the 2015 WC we can get rid of Imran Farhat permanently it will still be not bad. I suggest that Wasim Akram should refuse to go to Zimbabwe as a commentator as protest for inclusion of Imran Farhat.

  • on August 7, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    It was a great opportunity to try the Youngstars of Pak in this series. Don't see any reason to bring back Imran Farhat while Pak has quite a few openers already in the team. Sharjeel Khan could be a good choice!!! I also dont understand why an old spinner like abdur rehman included in the team while youngstars like Raza Hasan could be tested here. Anyway let's see how this team performs...

  • on August 7, 2013, 0:10 GMT

    after seeing the team selection i can expect a clean white wash by zimbabwe,, they have a good chance against week pak batting line up

  • on August 7, 2013, 0:05 GMT

    so here we go, a time trusted and full of troubles pakistani batting line up and zimbabwe, i feel its going to be a good chance for zimbabwenz to upset Pakistan, with the selcted Pakistan team i am expecting a white wash by zimbabwe, hope so

  • on August 6, 2013, 21:45 GMT

    MY appeal to pak fans stay calm amigos . he sir imran farhat has been selected on tour not in the final 11. besides ill be surprised if misbah nd team management actually pick him up for a match. if they do so it will be too show off that pak can beat beat zim wid 10 players which is a dangerous thing to do because if zimbabweans play too their potential they can do very well and beat any team. zimbabwe are already bruised by their india tour so we shouid be careful in case they perform like they did against in 2011 chased 330 to win an odi.

  • tahalateef on August 6, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    Give Saeed Ajmal some rest.

  • on August 6, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    Well absolutely a perfect selection for all formats by Pakistan but please give a chance to Anwar Ali against the minnows.

  • on August 6, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    Good Batting practice time for pakistan, they struggled in the batting department in the past few months and apart from Misbah and Umar Akmal nobody really chipped in. Time to give opportunity to young blood and check the real batting potential of the team....Best of Luck Team Pak :)

  • Izzmail55 on August 11, 2013, 23:15 GMT

    This is the worse selection possible for Zimbabwe there should have all young people going

  • spellbinder76 on August 9, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    100% of the comments are against the inclusion of Imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal. While Imran Farhat has been tested and tried and failed again and again, Faisal has never been tested. Nawaz Shareef, Najm Sethi or the courts should interveine and fire the selection committee. Why is Farrukh Zaman always in the selection committee, we need new faces like Salahuddin, Rashid Latif or Sarfaraz Nawaz. Team selected for t-20 and ODI is not bad but the test team selection is the worst in recent history. Every time Wahab Riaz bowls the nations heart is in their mouth.

  • spellbinder76 on August 7, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    A man on the street could have selected a better side for the Champion Trophy. A taxi driver in Manchester said this side can never win. The one good thing that came out after the CT disaster that we finally got rid of Imran Farhat and Kamran Akmal. When the team for WI was announced I said this team will win all matches. But Imran Farhat is back again against the weal Zimbabwe. For sure he will score 30, 40 or 50 runs and become a permanent players leading up to the World Cup in 2015. That will be again another disaster, and if by an early exit from the 2015 WC we can get rid of Imran Farhat permanently it will still be not bad. I suggest that Wasim Akram should refuse to go to Zimbabwe as a commentator as protest for inclusion of Imran Farhat.

  • on August 7, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    It was a great opportunity to try the Youngstars of Pak in this series. Don't see any reason to bring back Imran Farhat while Pak has quite a few openers already in the team. Sharjeel Khan could be a good choice!!! I also dont understand why an old spinner like abdur rehman included in the team while youngstars like Raza Hasan could be tested here. Anyway let's see how this team performs...

  • on August 7, 2013, 0:10 GMT

    after seeing the team selection i can expect a clean white wash by zimbabwe,, they have a good chance against week pak batting line up

  • on August 7, 2013, 0:05 GMT

    so here we go, a time trusted and full of troubles pakistani batting line up and zimbabwe, i feel its going to be a good chance for zimbabwenz to upset Pakistan, with the selcted Pakistan team i am expecting a white wash by zimbabwe, hope so

  • on August 6, 2013, 21:45 GMT

    MY appeal to pak fans stay calm amigos . he sir imran farhat has been selected on tour not in the final 11. besides ill be surprised if misbah nd team management actually pick him up for a match. if they do so it will be too show off that pak can beat beat zim wid 10 players which is a dangerous thing to do because if zimbabweans play too their potential they can do very well and beat any team. zimbabwe are already bruised by their india tour so we shouid be careful in case they perform like they did against in 2011 chased 330 to win an odi.

  • tahalateef on August 6, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    Give Saeed Ajmal some rest.

  • on August 6, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    Well absolutely a perfect selection for all formats by Pakistan but please give a chance to Anwar Ali against the minnows.

  • on August 6, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    i dont think pakistan will experiment too much with tests. these 2 will be the only match practice they will get before SA series. they havent played any tests since SA series and no domestic event since then. and that SA series was also a whole faliure. so best to get some good practice for 1st choice 11.

  • on August 6, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    It is good to see ZImbabwe coming back to mainstream cricket , firstly India and now Pak . They should take every opportunity coming their way to improve themselves which is good not only for them but also to all Cricket fraternity of the world. I wish bangladesh too show such desperation to improve themselves.

  • malepas on August 6, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    The PAK team just announced and you can only shake your head in disbelief on some of the selection, amazingly, Imran Farhat is back##AGAIN##only PCB has this ability to surprise us with such unimaginative selection,,1st question, what we want to achieve from this tour, answer, give chance to some youngsters and some time in the middle to some test seniors for UAE series, I think India managed to rob PAK again by getting their WI tests scrapped and on the back of non-committal UK series, they pulled out and PAK left to play with ZIM(no disrespect to them off course) as they had nothing else to do. The selectors have no long term planning in view, they just keep coming back with gaffs like this. Misbah,Hafeez,Irfan,Afridi should have been rested.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on August 6, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    ZIM can win few matches in this series from the experience they gained from last series. They need to convert good start of individuals to a big score.

  • on August 6, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    Good on Pakistan for touring Zimbabwe. Other nations should take note. The only way Zimbabwe will get better is by giving them a bit of competition even if international sides take development sides over there. Its a shame that Zimbabwe has nosedived over the years. Had a good side around 2000. Wishart, Goodwin, Flower brothers, Whittal Brothers, Streak (legend), Strangs, Campbell just to name a few.

  • Chaudry_Cricket on August 6, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    Good time for selectors to pick young blood even if we lose a game to zimbos I dont care because it will be good for us in the future and Ajju, Misbah, the blessed in all facets Hafeez, Afridi, Irfan should be rested with Asad Shafiq the stand in captain for tests and Junaid Khan in O.D.I. Very pleasing to see us play more tests this year.

  • Stark62 on August 6, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    This should be a great chance to induct Players like Sadaf Hussain, Babar Azam, Naved Yasin, Sohaib Maqsood, Khurram Manzoor, Raza Hasan, Ehsan Adil, Zia-Ul-Haq and Usman Salahuddin, plus with the youngsters that already toured the Windies.

    I would pick Umar or Nasir to lead Pak in both ODI's and T20's, then rest Misbah, Ajmal, Irfan, Hafeez and Afridi.

    Bring back the experienced players for Tests and it wouldn't be such a bad idea to include Afridi in ODI's (he doesn't play Tests) but then he would have to be captain, on the other hand a youngster needs to be trialled with the captaincy.

  • ICCexpert.... on August 6, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    14 member Team for T20 and One dayers : Umar Akmal (c), Sharjeel Khan, Ahmad Shahzad, Nasir Jamsheed, Rameez Raja Jr, Sohaib Maqsood, Harris Sohail, Umar Amin, Anwar Ali, Hammad Azam, Raza Hassan, Usman Qadir, Junaid Khan and Sadaf Hussain. I am sure we can pick atleast 6 to 7 players from this side for the world cup 2015.

  • on August 6, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    I wish Zimbabwe team all the best for this series. It is sad that once an extremely talented team of the nineties have fallen to this level. I wish an all round improvement in the basic infrastructure of the cricket in Zimbabwe so that this great game can prosper in Zimbabwe.

  • on August 6, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    misbah and hafeez must take the rest

  • ICCexpert.... on August 6, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    To be honest isnt it an oppurtunity for Pak selectors to show some guts and select players like, Sharjeel Khan, Rameez Raja Jr, Usman Sallahudin, Sohaib Maqsood, Anwar Ali, Raza Hasan a chance and see who is ready for 2015 world cup, may be you unearth 2 to 3 great talent and imagine how good that can do to pak cricket ? Please rest Misbah, Hafeez, Afridi, Ajmal and Irfan. give chance to the boys and let them become men.

  • TheProfPak on August 6, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    And Mr. Imran Farhat is back as opener instead of NJ, how on earth, PCB can do that? Well, that's how PCB operates... No one can fathom the logic behind this horrendous decision.

  • ARJa on August 6, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    To think they could have played a three test series against West Indies. This is ridiculous. Pakistan will gain nothing from this tour.

  • on August 6, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    Thats a good news.At least seating ideal or playing domestic matches they would play international matches and many more youngestors will get an opportunity to play international matches.As far as i m concerned Misbah should be taken rest and Hafeez must be given an opportunity to lead the Team in Test as well as ODI matches.

  • ZCFOutkast on August 6, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    Bambazonke(i.e. grab all) back on track! Just one match out of seven scheduled to be played in Bulawayo must surely be a mistake. In any case if Pakistan is sending an inexperienced squad, allowing them time to acclimatise through LOIs is a bad idea.

    The best thing to do is play two Tests first up at HSC, then go to Bulawayo for the LOIs, after having played one ODI in Harare. That way Bulawayo gets two ODIs plus two T20Is! It is a better crowd after all. ZC change the schedule!

    On a greater scale, if this is a forecast for some of the retribution Bulawayo will get for its choices, then things do look ominous! In that case, I can't say I completely feel sorry for my home town.

    Either way, in spite of Andy Waller being at the helm, I hope Zim fares better in this series. We need to get something positive out of it, even if it's just a solitary win among tight matches.

  • ABLcric on August 6, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    Zimbabwe tour is not going to proof anything. Indians 5-0 win does not proof that Kohli is better than Dhoni as captain. It might give us some false illusions. Yes, it will surely provide evidence of good fielding. I like Honey's idea of making Umar Akmal as captain. There is no doubt in anybody's mind that he is an exceptionally talented batsmen. By dumping him with more responsibility, he might change and avoid his erratic behavior while batting and overall.

  • mandi on August 6, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    if zimboks win a match than i will will feel very much happy,hope my fav zimboks beats pak in one of match.

  • Baba_Sehgal on August 6, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    In my opnion, Mohammad Hafeez should be sacked.

  • on August 6, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    pakistan should give chances to youngsters on this tour, give rest to misbah, muhammad hafeez, muhammad irfan and saeed ajmal.

    take hassan raza the left arm spinner, some young batsman for the tour.

  • CricketMaan on August 6, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    I hope Pak tries a few new faces rather than Younis, Misbha or even Ajmal. It would be good to see a few new faces in Pak team. And for heaven sake get a proper wicket keeper even if he can only hold a bat.

  • MFNadeem on August 6, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    There are calls of dropping Nasir Jamshed from Test squad. If this happens, it will be worst possible decision. Why the selectors won't give confidence to a young promising player to establish his place in all formats by scoring some easy runs? The selectors always tinker around the teams by bringing back hawks in low key series like this. No one can stop them from playing around with the team.

  • natural.honey on August 6, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    make umar akmal the captain of pakistan t20 and one day game and send a young team but i dont think pakistan management is gona do that.

  • on August 6, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    Thats great news. I am happy to see my team Pakistan back in action.

  • on August 6, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    I've never understood the logic of playing just two tests, you can hardly call that a series. And two T20s...for what??

  • on August 6, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    Pakistan should use this opportunity to to give youngsters a chance to show what they're made of. In my opinion Mohammad Hafeez should take a whole squad of youngsters to Zimbabwe.

  • on August 6, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    Pakistan should use this opportunity to to give youngsters a chance to show what they're made of. In my opinion Mohammad Hafeez should take a whole squad of youngsters to Zimbabwe.

  • on August 6, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    I've never understood the logic of playing just two tests, you can hardly call that a series. And two T20s...for what??

  • on August 6, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    Thats great news. I am happy to see my team Pakistan back in action.

  • natural.honey on August 6, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    make umar akmal the captain of pakistan t20 and one day game and send a young team but i dont think pakistan management is gona do that.

  • MFNadeem on August 6, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    There are calls of dropping Nasir Jamshed from Test squad. If this happens, it will be worst possible decision. Why the selectors won't give confidence to a young promising player to establish his place in all formats by scoring some easy runs? The selectors always tinker around the teams by bringing back hawks in low key series like this. No one can stop them from playing around with the team.

  • CricketMaan on August 6, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    I hope Pak tries a few new faces rather than Younis, Misbha or even Ajmal. It would be good to see a few new faces in Pak team. And for heaven sake get a proper wicket keeper even if he can only hold a bat.

  • on August 6, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    pakistan should give chances to youngsters on this tour, give rest to misbah, muhammad hafeez, muhammad irfan and saeed ajmal.

    take hassan raza the left arm spinner, some young batsman for the tour.

  • Baba_Sehgal on August 6, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    In my opnion, Mohammad Hafeez should be sacked.

  • mandi on August 6, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    if zimboks win a match than i will will feel very much happy,hope my fav zimboks beats pak in one of match.

  • ABLcric on August 6, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    Zimbabwe tour is not going to proof anything. Indians 5-0 win does not proof that Kohli is better than Dhoni as captain. It might give us some false illusions. Yes, it will surely provide evidence of good fielding. I like Honey's idea of making Umar Akmal as captain. There is no doubt in anybody's mind that he is an exceptionally talented batsmen. By dumping him with more responsibility, he might change and avoid his erratic behavior while batting and overall.