Head coach Misbahul-Haq on Saturday indicated that there may not be wholesale changes in the Pakistani team for the upcoming home series against Zimbabwe, saying that the team is already composed of young players.
The former captain said at a press conference in Lahore that the national team is very young and may only need a little tweaking rather than a lot of logging and replacement.
“The Pakistan team is already composed of young players,” he said. “It had lost two senior players right after the World Cup.
“[In fact], we might change a thing or two to make the team even stronger.”
Misbah explained that Zimbabwe’s seemingly insignificant home series is actually important. He said: “We have to keep in mind that the points scored from the ODI series will count towards the World Cup qualification.”
He also stressed that when forming a team, his first job is to find new combinations and create capable backups.
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The Zimbabwean side is considered one of the weakest in the world, leading some to suggest that the series is used to try out young talents that haven’t been tried.
Earlier Wednesday, the Pakistan Cricket Committee (PCB) announced that it would host a limited number of matches in Zimbabwe, scheduled from October to November.
“Needless to say, we at ZC are bursting with excitement as we look forward to playing cricket again and representing our nation with pride and passion in Pakistan,” said Zimbabwe Cricket Chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani.
The Africans are expected to land in Pakistan on October 20, and after mandatory quarantine, they will play a three-game ODI series in Multan and compete in the T20I in Ralalpindi. game.
Over 50 games will be held on October 30, November 1 and 3 and T20I will be held on November 7, 8 and 10.
The upcoming visit to Zimbabwe is their second visit to Pakistan in the past five years.