LAHORE: Pakistan Captain Azhar Ali have won the toss and elected to bat first as ODI series marking the return of international cricket against Zimbabwe starts here at the Qadafi Stadium.
Pakistan will have to sweep the three One-Day International series against Zimbabwe to ensure that it doesn’t drop points on the Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings.
Ninth-ranked Pakistan will start the series with a difference of 42 points relative to 11th-ranked Zimbabwe and this gap means it is expected to win the series convincingly.
As such, because the rankings are weighted to reflect this difference, failure to win the series convincingly will mean Pakistan will drop points.
Pakistan will stay on 87 points if it wins 3-0, but will drop to 85 points if it wins the series 2-1. Zimbabwe’s 2-1 series win will mean Pakistan will slide to 83 points.
Pakistan: Azhar Ali (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Harris Sohail, Shoaib Malik, Asad Shafiq, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Hammad Azam, Anwar Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Sami, Yasir Shah.
Zimbabwe: Elton Chigumbura (Captain), Craig Ervine, Hamilton Masakadza, Chris Mpofu, Richmon Mutumbami, Panyanagra, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Sikandar Raza, Prosper Utseya, Brian Vitori, Sean Williams.