Pakistan to take on Zimbabwe in first ODI today

Sarfraz Ali 06:41 PM | 25 May, 2015
Pakistan to take on Zimbabwe in first ODI today
LAHORE (APP) - Following two Twenty20 matches series, Pakistan and Zimbabwe will begin three-match ODI series today, as first one-day international will be played at 4pm at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.

Pakistan won the Twenty20 series 2-0 Sunday in front of a packed audience of 27,000 at Lahore's Gaddafi stadium, but will be far from happy over the manner of both wins which saw them nearly snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

The matches were played under massive security with 4,000 policemen guarding the stadium and another 2,000 deployed on the route from the team hotel to the venue.

Security has been ratcheted up to avoid a repeat of the 2009 attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus, which killed eight people and cast Pakistan into sporting exile for six years.

Pakistan's one-day captain Azhar Ali, who did not feature in the Twenty20s, said the huge excitement surrounding the tour had helped the team forget its disastrous 3-0 ODI drubbing in Bangladesh last month.

"The excitement on the return of international cricket was so big that it helped us put our Bangladesh defeat in the back of our minds," said Azhar who took over after Misbah-ul-Haq retired following the 2015 World Cup in April.

"It was disappointing to lose in Bangladesh but we will look to build a team for the future and improve on what we did wrong in Bangladesh."

The 30-year-old middle order batsman said replacing players like Misbah and Shahid Afridi -- who also retired from one-day after the World Cup -- would require time.

"When you lose players of that calibre it takes time to get their replacement," he said, adding his team would not take Zimbabwe lightly.

Pakistan have persisted with spinning allrounder Shoaib Malik and paceman Mohammad Sami, both of whom featured in the T20s, in the one-day squad after a break of two and three years respectively.

Opener Ahmed Shehzad also returns after being left out of the Bangladesh tour over what was termed an attitude problem.

For Zimbabwe, the series represents another shot at ruining Pakistan's homecoming party after they threatened to close out both Twenty20s but eventually lost in crucial passages of play at the death.

Zimbabwe will miss the services of ace batsman Brendan Taylor who quit international cricket to take a three-year contract with England county Nottinghamshire.

He was Zimbabwe's best batsman in the 2015 World Cup with 433 runs at an excellent average of 72.16.

Captain Elton Chigumbura admitted Taylor and paceman Tendai Chatara -- not on the tour with a broken leg -- will be missed but said his team will try to overcome the loss.

"That's the good thing about life, players come and go and get opportunity and players came here to grab those opportunities," he said.

"We just want to try and carry that momentum from the World Cup and obviously improve one or two percent on the thing that we didn't do well," added Chigumbura, whose team lost five of the six matches in the mega event.

Middle-order batsman Craig Ervine is likely to play after missing both the Twenty20 matches due to flu.

Pakistan have won 43 of the 48 one-day matches between the two sides with Zimbabwe winning three while one match each ended in a tie and no result.

The matches will be held on on May 26, 29 and 31.

Teams (from):

Pakistan: Azhar Ali (capt), Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Shoaib Malik, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Anwar Ali, Hammad Azam, Imad Wasim, Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Sami, Junaid Khan

Zimbabwe: Elton Chigumbura (capt), Sikandar Raza, Chamu Chibhabha, Charles Coventry, Graeme Cremer, Craig Ervine, Roy Kaia, Hamilton Masakadza, Christopher Mpofu, Tawanda Mupariwa, Richmond Mutumbami, Tinashe Panyangara, Vusi Sibanda, Prosper Utseya, Brian Vitori, Sean Williams

Match officials for May 26:

Umpires: Aleem Dar (PAK) and Russell Tiffin (ZIM)

TV umpire: Ahmed Shahab

Match referee: Azhar Khan (PAK)

Sarfraz Ali
Sarfraz Ali

Sarfraz Ali is working as Editor Web for Daily Pakistan. He earned a postgraduate degree in Mass Communication from IUB and diploma in International Print Journalism from Thomson Foundation UK. He regularly writes on ...


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on January 28, 2023 (Saturday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 263.9 266.15
Euro EUR 275.75 278.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 313 316
U.A.E Dirham AED 69.75 70.45
Saudi Riyal SAR 67.25 67.9
Australian Dollar AUD 178.5 180.9
Bahrain Dinar BHD 644.19 652.19
Canadian Dollar CAD 187.5 189.70
China Yuan CNY 35.71 36.11
Danish Krone DKK 35.38 35.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 30.94 31.29
Indian Rupee INR 2.97 3.08
Japanese Yen JPY 2.50 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 793.10 802.15
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 57.02 57.62
New Zealand Dollar NZD 156.69 158.69
Norwegians Krone NOK 24.46 24.76
Omani Riyal OMR 629.39 637.39
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 66.54 67.24
Singapore Dollar SGD 184.38 186.38
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 23.81
Swiss Franc CHF 263.01 265.51
Thai Bhat THB 7.38 7.53

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs209,600 on Saturday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs174,990.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs157,300 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 178,500.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Karachi PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Islamabad PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Peshawar PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Quetta PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Sialkot PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Attock PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Gujranwala PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Jehlum PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Multan PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Bahawalpur PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Gujrat PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Nawabshah PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Chakwal PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Hyderabad PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Nowshehra PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Sargodha PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Faisalabad PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Mirpur PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220


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