HARARE: Pakistan on Sunday won the toss and elected to bat in the first Twenty20 against Zimbabwe in Harare.
Pakistan begin their whistle-stop tour today with a view to preparing for greater challenges that lie ahead in the coming months.
The two sides will engage in two Twenty20 internationals and three one-day internationals in the space of nine days at Harare Sports Club, in what Pakistan coach Waqar Younis termed a “payback tour” after Zimbabwe became the first team to travel to Pakistan in six years this May.
Pakistan have included uncapped players Imran Khan jnr, Aamer Yamin and Bilal Asif in their squad for the Twenty20 matches, the second of which takes place on Tuesday.
Zimbabwe squad (T20s and ODIs): Elton Chigumbura (capt), Richmond Mutumbami (wk), Chamu Chibhabha, Craig Ervine, Hamilton Masakadza, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Graeme Cremer, Tinashe Panyangara, Christopher Mpofu, Prosper Utseya, Taurai Muzarabani, Luke Jongwe, John Nyumbu, Malcolm Waller.
Pakistan T20 squad: Shahid Afridi (capt), Ahmed Shehzad, Mukhtar Ahmed, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Shoaib Malik, Aamer Yamin, Mohammad Irfan, Bilal Asif, Wahab Riaz, Imad Wasim, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Imran Khan jnr.