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PCB names 15-man squad for series opener


Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced a revised 15-man squad for the first ODI against Zimbabwe in Rawalpindi.

PCB names 15-man squad for series opener

Babar Azam-led Pakistan side will be playing their first ODI since COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier they toured England for three Tests and as many T20Is. They lost the Test series 0-1 but ended the tour drawing the T20I series 1-1. 

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The hosts have cut the squad from 22 members to 15 for the first ODI. Uncapped Khushdil Shah, Usman Qadir and Musa Khan have been kept in the final 15 while veteran Mohammad Hafeez has been axed.

Mohammad Rizwan will be keeping wickets for Pakistan. Pacer Musa is expected to make his debut on Friday.

International cricket will return to Pakistan again with this time the gap being caused by the pandemic. Pakistan had to postpone second Test and one-off ODI against Bangladesh. The knockout stages of PSL (Pakistan Super League) has been rescheduled to November.

Zimbabwe will play three ODIs and three T20Is. All six matches will be played at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. The ODI series is a part of ICC Cricket World Cup Super League.

Pakistan squad for 1st ODI: Babar Azam (captain), Imam ul Haq, Abid Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Usman Qadir, Wahab Riaz, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Musa Khan

Zimbabwe squad:  Chamu Chibhaba (c), Ryan Burl, Brian Chari, Tendai Chatara, Elton Chigumbura, Tendai Chisoro, Craig Ervine, Faraz Akram, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Wesley Madhevere, Wellington Masakadza, Carl Mumba, Richmond Mutumbami, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, Milton Shumba, Sikandar Raza, Brendan Taylor, Donald Tripiano, Sean Williams

Fixtures-

1st ODI : 30th October 2020

2nd ODI: 1st November 2020

3rd ODI: 3rd November 2020

1st T20I : 7th November 2020

3rd T20I:  8th November 2020

3rd T20I: 10th November 2020

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