Amidst the constant tension of Zimbabwe Cricketers yet to receive their salary for a good length of time, their coach Lalchand Rajput is aiming to get the best possible squad for the T20I series including Australia and Pakistan to be held in July.
Regarding picking the best possible side for the Tri-series he said ”To be very honest, I just look at the players who are available and the best 15 or 17 which we have picked,”
“So my job is to get the 17 who are available and prepare them for the tri-series. I am not interested in who is available or not available. My job is for the people who are available and I want to prepare them well for the tri-series."
Meanwhile, this series holds different meanings for the other two teams involved. While winning the series will help Pakistan to maintain their spot in the T20I rankings, a win for Australia will take them to the top after their recent whitewash against Australia. Important to note here that, Australia will be still without their key players in Steve Smith, David Warner and Mitchell Starc. Australia are in dire need of a confidence booster after enduring a 6-0 drubbing across limited overs formats on their tour of England, and ahead of their arrival in Zimbabwe coach Justin Langer insisted “there’s light at the end of the tunnel.”
For Pakistan, Mohammad Hafeez will return to the top order as his bowling action has also been cleared last month. ”Hafeez warranted a place after clearing his action,” said Pakistan selector Inzamam-ul-Haq. Uncapped opener Sahibzada Farhan was also included “after showing good form in domestic matches,” said Inzamam. Pakistan will also bank on the experience of captain Sarfraz Ahmed, who has toured Zimbabwe twice before.
The three teams will play each other twice, with a rest day on Saturday before the top two sides meet in next Sunday’s final.
(Inputs from Cricket Country)