Pakistan cricket fans’ 6 years wait is coming to end on 22 May, 2015 as Pak cricket team will be playing first international match on home soil after 2009. PCB and whole Pakistan should be thankful to Zimbabwe board and cricket team for agreeing to play in Pakistan.
To be frank, this is going to be more than cricket as no international team had been touring to Pakistan since 2009 when Sri-Lanka cricketers faced terrorist attack. Zimbabwe cricket board and players were suggested not to travel Pakistan for this series due to the terrorist activities in the nation but ZC has done such a wonderful work to bring back the game of cricket in Pakistan.
Pakistan had a bad Bangladesh tour and team lost ODI series by 3-0 and failed to beat Bangladesh in only Twenty20 match. But thanks to experienced Pakistani test campaign who won one test match and played 1 match drawn at Bangladesh. Now it’s time for home series for Pakistan and will be desperate to win it.
Read: Pakistan Twenty20 squad
Shahid Afridi will be having huge responsibility to lead side towards winning end as he hasn’t been in good form. He has taken retirement from test and ODI cricket but continuous to play twenty20s. Pakistan didn’t have good world cup and managed to qualify for quarter-final somehow but now its past and team needs to focus on present.
Zimbabwean camp is never been so successful on away trips. They were flopped in 2015 cricket world cup at New Zealand and Australia whereas their recent abroad tour in Bangladesh was a nightmare. Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe comfortably in all matches. So it’s not been a great Bangladesh tour for both Pakistan and Zimbabwe.
Both teams can get in form tonight as it’s a twenty20 match where things change so quickly. Paksitan can’t take Zimbabwe lightly as the visitors are so much capable and talented to beat any side on their day. Dav Whatmore’s coaching and guiding will surely be helpful for Zimbabwean team.
Let’s have a look at the probable playing XI for tonight’s Pakistan vs Zimbabwe 20-20 clash.
Expected Playing 11s
|Shahid Afridi (Captain)||Elton Chigumbura (Captain)|
|Ahmed Shehzad||Vusi Sibanda|
|Mohammad Hafeez||Hamilton Masakadza|
|Mukhtar Ahmed||Sean Williams|
|Umar Akmal||Charles Coventry|
|Sarfraz Ahmed||Craig Ervine|
|Shoaib Malik||Graeme Cremer|
|Mohammad Sami||Sikandar Raza|
|Anwar Ali||Brian Vitori|
|Bilawal Bhatti||Richmond Mutumbami|
|Wahab Riaz||Tinashe Panyangara|
No doubt Pakistan looks strong and better than Zimbabwe on paper and they have got some experienced guys in the side including the names of Afridi, Malik, Hafeez, Akmal, Sami and Riaz. But you can’t ignore Zimbabwean squad who will come with Sean Williams, Charles Coventry, Hamilton Masakdza and Chigumbura. So it will be an exciting thriller.
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Pakistan are favorites to win today and they has 70 percent win chances over Zimbabwe.