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  • Pakistan not taking Zimbabwe evenly, says Babar Azam
  • Pakistan to conflict towards Zimbabwe on the Harare Sports activities Membership right this moment
  • Match to start at 12:30pm
  • Babar Azam to proceed with successful mixture towards the hosts
  • Pakistani skipper says Fawad Alam, Azhar Ali add depth and expertise to the guests’ batting

Pakistan will lock horns with Zimbabwe within the first Take a look at match between the 2 sides right this moment (Thursday) because the hosts will as soon as once more look to tug an upset over the inexperienced shirts as they did within the second T20I.

The primary of the two-match Take a look at collection  might be performed on the Harare Sports activities Membership at 12:30pm right this moment, with the 2 international locations taking part in towards one another within the longest format of the sport after eight lengthy years.

Pakistani skipper Babar Azam stated the inexperienced shirts weren’t wanting in direction of any main adjustments and would almost definitely go together with the identical squad that comprehensively defeated South Africa 2-0 within the Take a look at collection at dwelling. 

This implies the one change might be that of Yasir Shah, who is just not a part of the touring Take a look at squad. Leg-spinner Zahid Mehmood or off-spinner Sajjid Khan might simply fill within the vacant house out there.

“We are in no mood to make any unnecessary changes in the team. We are planning to have one odd change in the team for the Test series opener and more interested in retaining the winning combination,” Babar stated in a digital media speak.

Zimbabwe pulled a giant shock final time each international locations have been seen taking part in the Take a look at collection in 2013, successful the opening Take a look at after which conceding the second to attract it 1-1. The venue was the identical the place the Take a look at collection now might be held.

Azam expressed excessive hopes from the staff that beat South Africa a couple of months in the past, saying that Hassan Ali was at his finest when he performed towards the Proteas within the final Take a look at match, successful the Participant of the Match award. 

“His reentry into the Test team has given the team a fresh impetus. Hopefully, he would carry forward with the same vein during the forthcoming series,” stated the Pakistani batsman. 

He stated left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi might be in type after having loads of relaxation whereas all-rounder Faheem Ashraf had proven spectacular expertise in being a formidable Take a look at batsman and somebody who might additionally come in useful with the ball. 

Babar stated he was anticipating a greater taking part in floor in the course of the Checks. “The Harare pitch ready for the primary Take a look at provides a greater look. There’s a little bit of grass on the floor and even the pitch appears to be like agency and appropriate for Take a look at cricket. Let’s see the way it will behave in the course of the Take a look at,” he said. 

Azam said he wasn’t worried about the team’s batting, saying that Azhar Ali and Fawad Alam added depth to Pakistan’s line up with their rich experience. 

“They’ve contributed prior to now and hopefully would proceed backing me and Rizwan in our efforts to lift or chase good totals in Take a look at cricket. I hope openers Abid Ali and Imran Butt would additionally grasp alternatives coming their approach. What I would like from my gamers is to take up the problem and keep there until the time they obtain that,” he stated. 

However, Azam made it clear Pakistan was not taking Zimbabwe evenly, including that the house facet is aware of its circumstances  higher than the opposite facet. 

Squad

Pakistan: Abid Ali, Imran Butt, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (captain), Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan, Faheem Ashraf, Hassan Ali, Nauman Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Zahid Mehmood and Sajjad Khan.

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