The Champions Trophy holders have been without a fielding coach ever since Australia’s Steve Rixon left his role upon the completion of his contract after the T20I series against Scotland.
The PCB has shortlisted Rixon’s compatriot Darren Berry for the job but the fielding coach has informed the governing body that he will not be able to join the side before the Asia Cup which takes place in September.
Berry, a former Australian first-class wicketkeeper-batsman, has undertaken various coaching roles at the state level and was recommended for the job by Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur.
He is said to have informed the PCB of his unavailability for the tour of Zimbabwe due to pre-existing commitments and the men in green will have to make do without the services of a fielding coach.
Pakistan will kick-start their tour of Zimbabwe with a T20I tri-series also involving Australia. The tri-series gets underway on July 1 with Sarfraz’s men taking on the hosts in the opening fixture.
Following the completion of the tri-series, Pakistan will take on Zimbabwe in a five-match ODI series which will start on July 13 with the final fixture taking place on July 22. The T20I tri-series will take place in Harare while the ODI series will be held in Bulawyo.
Pakistan on Friday announced their squad for the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe, with veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez returning to the T20 squad.
The 37-year-old Hafeez last played a T20 for world No1 Pakistan in October and and is now back in the squad after his bowling action was cleared last month. Hafeez’s action was reported, for the third time in his career, during the ODI against Sri Lanka in the UAE last October.
Meanwhile, Pakistan decided to include overworked pacer Mohammad Amir in both the T20 and ODI squads.
Amir had talked about managing his schedule leading up to the World Cup next year and Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur had talked about monitoring the pacer’s workload. “I am going to sit with Mohammad Amir and Inzamam-ul-Haq soon and we are going to map out a future for him. After our discussions, Inzamam will present the plan to the selection panel and then to the player,” the coach had said.
Also, there was no place in the ODI side for veteran top-order batsman Azhar Ali, whose last outing in 50-over cricket was a duck against New Zealand in January when Sarfraz Ahmed’s team were bowled out for 74.
Pakistan will play Zimbabwe and Australia in a T20 tri-series that begins in the African nation on July 1. The men in green will then play a five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe starting on July 13.
Twenty20 squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Usman Khan Shinwari, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sahibzada Farhan
ODI squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Imam ul Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Babar Azam (subject to fitness), Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan, Usman Khan Shinwari, Yasir Shah, Hasan Ali, Haris Sohail
Pakistan will be the fourth busiest team under ICC’s new Future Tours Programme (FTP) which was released on Wednesday by world cricket’s governing body.
Sarfraz Ahmed and his men will play a total of 164 international matches across all formats in the five-year period from 2018-23.
The one-time World Cup champions and current Champions Trophy holders will play 40 Tests, 61 ODIs and 63 T20Is in the five-year period. Once again, matches between Pakistan and their arch-rivals India will be restricted to multi-team ICC tournaments with no bilateral series earmarked between the two sides until 2023.
PAKISTAN FTP SCHEDULE 2018-23
July: Away T20I tri-series in Zimbabwe (Also involving Australia)
July: Away series in Zimbabwe (Five ODIs)
September: Asia Cup
October-November: Home series against New Zealand (Three Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is)
December 2018-February 2019: Away series in South Africa (Three Tests, five ODIs and three T20Is)
March: Home series against Australia (Five ODIs)
May: Away series in England (Five ODIs and one T20I)
June-July: 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England
October: Home series against Sri Lanka (Two Tests)
October-November: Away series in Australia (Two Tests and three T20Is)
December: Home series against Sri Lanka (Three ODIs and three T20Is)
January-February: Home series against Bangladesh (Two Tests and three T20Is)
July: Home series against the Netherlands (Three ODIs)
July-August: Home series against England (Three Tests)
August: Home series against Ireland (Two T20Is)
August-September: Home series against England (Three T20Is)
September: Asia Cup
October: Away series in South Africa (Three ODIs and three T20Is)
October-November: 2020 ICC World Twenty20
November-December: Home series in Zimbabwe (Three ODIs and three T20Is)
December 2020-January 2021: Away series in New Zealand (Two Tests and three T20Is)
January-February: Home series against South Africa (Two Tests and three T20Is)
April: Away series in Zimbabwe (Two Tests and three T20Is)
June: World Test Championship Final
July: Away series in England (Three ODIs and three T20Is)
July-August: Away series in the West Indies (Three Tests and three T20Is)
September: Away series against Afghanistan (Three ODIs)
October: Home series against New Zealand (Three ODIs and three T20Is)
October-November: 2021 ICC World Twenty20
November-December: Away series in Bangladesh (Two Tests and three T20Is)
December: Home series against the West Indies (Three ODIs and three T20Is)
February-March: Home series against Australia (Two Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is)
July-August: Away series in Sri Lanka (Two Tests and three ODIs)
September: 2022 Asia Cup
October: Home series against England (Five ODIs)
October-November: Home series against New Zealand (Two Tests and three ODIs)
December: Home series against England (Three Tests)
February-March: 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup