Bulawayo - Zimbabwe have won the toss and opted to field in the first of
five one-day internationals against Pakistan at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo
Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza had no hesitation in
sticking Pakistan in to bat first on a pitch that traditionally aids seamers in
The Zimbabweans handed international debuts to wicketkeeper
Ryan Murray and off spinner Liam Roche, while Asif Ali will make his ODI debut
in Pakistan's middle order.
There was no space yet for leg spinner Yasir Shah in
Pakistan's line-up, however, with 19-year-old leg spinner Shadab Khan the only
specialist slow bowler picked by Pakistan.
Yasir missed Pakistan's tour of England with a stress
fracture. Top order batsman Babar Azam, who is also returning from an injury
lay-off, was included while left handed opener Imam ul Haq returned to
Pakistan's starting XI.
England's Ian Gould and Zimbabwean Langton Rusere will
officiate in the match.
Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Usman Khan.
Hamilton Masakadza (captain), Chamu Chibhabha, Brian Chari, Tarisai Musakanda, Peter Moor, Ryan Murray, Donald Tiripano, Liam Roche, Wellington Masakadza, Tendai Chatara, Blessing Muzarabani.