Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Zimbabwe set to tour Pakistan in January

Details of Zimbabwe's tour of Pakistan have been announced. The side will arrive in Karachi on January 12 and will play a four-day match at the National Bank of Pakistan Sports Complex from January 14 and then a three-day game at the Asghar Ali Shah Stadium starting on January 22.

The five-match ODI series begins on January 26 in Hyderabad before continuing in Karachi, Multan, Faisalabad and Sheikhupura.

It is likely that Pakistan will use the series to blood some untried players. "We will definitely try out some new faces in whichever department we need them in," Salahuddin Ahmed, Pakistan's chief selector, said. "That's not to say that we are taking Zimbabwe lightly, but we need to assess players on the fringes of the national side and this is a good opportunity.

"We're also keeping an eye on the progress of Anwar Ali and Sohail Khan ... Khurram Manzoor, Khalid Latif and Nasir Jamshed have been very good this season from all reports and they are definitely in the mix for that series, as is Asim Kamal."

Zimbabwe last toured Pakistan in September 2004 for a tri-nations one-day tournament, also involving Sri Lanka, where they failed to win a match.

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