Pakistan will launch its bid to qualify directly for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 by taking on Zimbabwe in the three ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League matches in Rawalpindi on October 30, November 1 and 3, the Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed today.
The ICC has introduced the Super League to provide context to ODI cricket and will serve as a qualification for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 with the hosts and other top seven sides automatically booking their spots for the India event. Featuring 13 teams, the 12 test playing countries and the Netherlands, the Super League will see each side play four home and four away three-match series.
The three ODIs were originally scheduled for Multan, but have been moved to Rawalpindi due to logistical and operational challenges.
The change in the venue also means Lahore will now stage the three Twenty20 Internationals on November 7, 8 and 10. These matches were initially planned to take place in Rawalpindi.
Zimbabwe last visited Pakistan in 2015 for three ODIs and two T20Is. However, they now return after international cricket has resumed in Pakistan with full force following the successful tours of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in the 2019-20 season.
In addition to this, HBL Pakistan Super League, for the first time in its young history, was staged in Pakistan until the last four matches were postponed on March 17 due to Covid-19 pandemic. These matches of the fifth edition will be staged in Lahore on November 14, 15 and 17.
Revised schedule (start time to be confirmed in due course):
October 20 – Zimbabwe arrival in Islamabad
October 21-27 – Isolation period & practice
October 28-29 – Practice at Pindi Cricket Stadium
October 30 – 1st ODI, Pindi Cricket Stadium
November 1 – 2nd ODI, Pindi Cricket Stadium
November 3 – 3rd ODI Pindi Cricket Stadium
November 4 – Travel to Lahore
November 5-6 – Practice at Gaddafi Stadium
November 7 – 1st T20I Gaddafi Stadium
November 8 – 2nd T20I, Gaddafi Stadium
November 10 – 3rd T20I, Gaddafi Stadium
November 12 – Zimbabwe departure for Harare