Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur says Zimbabwe tour a chance to prepare for Asia Cup and World Cup

Waseem Ahmed 29/06/2018
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Mickey Arthur is excited by the potential of the young Pakistan squad.

Pakistan will be looking at the bigger picture during the tour of Zimbabwe, according to coach Mickey Arthur.

The men in green arrived at Harare on Thursday for their limited-overs engagements in the country where they will participate in a T20I tri-series also involving Australia before taking on the hosts in a five-match ODI series.

The T20I series will begin on Sunday at the Harare Sports Club with Sarfraz Ahmed’s men taking on the hosts in the opening fixture. The final of the tri-series will be held on July 8 at the same venue.

Upon Pakistan’s arrival in Zimbabwe, Arthur said wants to help his young squad grow.

“Our expectation is just to keep growing. We have got a young team and we just want to keep working and keep getting better,” the South African was quoted as saying by The Herald in Zimbabwe.

‘’We have set some really good standards over the last year and we just want keep maintaining those all the time.

Arthur and Sarfraz are looking at the bigger picture.

Arthur and Sarfraz are looking at the bigger picture.

“I think it’s going to be a great series for all teams. Zimbabwe are building up as well so it’s going to be a great series for everybody and I think will be some pretty competitive cricket.”

According to the Pakistan coach, the limited-overs tour provides the perfect opportunity for his side to work out a few combinations ahead of the Asia Cup in September as well as the World Cup in England next year.

“We are looking forward to it (the ODI series). It gives us an opportunity to have a look at different combinations. We are trying some new players in that format,” Arthur stated.

“It gives us an opportunity of looking at combinations before we select our team for the Asia Cup and then that leads us into the World Cup.

“This tour is going to be very good in terms of one-day cricket to have a look at our combinations before we make a final decision going forward to the World Cup.”

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Steve Smith and David Warner will be a part of the Global T20 Canada league.

The Global T20 Canada tournament begins on Thursday and will include some top names like Steve Smith and David Warner as T20 gears up to sweep North America.

The tournament will be held from June 28 to July 15. In all, six teams will take part in the league with the matches played at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club in  Ontario.

Find the team list and tournament schedule below.

TEAMS

Toronto Nationals

Daren Sammy, Steve Smith, Steve Smith, Kieron Pollard, Kamran Akmal (wk), Anton Devcich, Mohammad Sami, Nikhil Dutta, Johnson Charles, Kesrick Williams, Mohammad Naveed, Nazakat Khan, Farhan Malik, Nitish Kumar, Usama Mir, Rohan Mustafa, Muhammad Umair Ghani,

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Lasith Malinga, Sunil Narine, Dwayne Smith, Denesh Ramdin, Moises Henriques, Sandeep Lamichhane, Peter Siddle, Sikandar Raza, Kevon Cooper, George Worker, Najibullah Zadran, Cecil Pervez, Mohammed Khaleel (wk), Dilon Heyliger, Nicholas Kirton, Rayyankhan Pathan

Coach: Tom Moody

Vancouver Knights

Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Evin Lewis, Tim Southee, Chadwick Walton (wk), Farwad Ahmed, Babar Hayat, Sheldon Conttrell, Saad Bin Zafar, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Srimantha Wijeyeratne, Kamau Leverock, Steven Jacobs, Salman Nazar, Rassie Van Der Dussen, Jeremy Gordon

Coach: Donovan Miller

Edmonton Royals

Shahid Afridi, Luke Ronchi (wk), Mohammed Ifran, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Akmal, Wayne Parnell, Farhan Behardien, Andre Fletcher, Hassan Khan, Agha Salman, Shaiman Anwar, Ammar Khalid, Satsimranjit Dhindsa, Ahmed Raza, Simon Pervez, Abraash Khan

Coach: Mohammad Akram

Winnipeg Hawks

Dwayne Bravo, David Miller, David Warner, Lendl Simmons, Darren Bravo, Fidel Edwards, Rayad Emrit, Ben McDermott, Ali Khan, Hamza Tariq (wk), Junaid Siddiqui, Tion Webster, Rizwan Cheema, Hiral Patel, Mark Deyal, Kyle Philip

Coach: Waqar Younis

West Indies XI

Anthony Bramble (wk), Fabian Allen, Alick Athanaze, Roland Cato, Justin Greaves, Derval Green, Kavem Hodge, Brandon King, Jeremiah Louis, Obed Mcoy, Khary Pierre, Nicholas Pooran, Shamar Springer, Sherfane Rutherford

SCHEDULE (UAE time)

June 28, 2018

Midnight, Toronto Nationals v Vancouver Knights

June 29, 2018

Midnight, Montreal Tigers v Winnipeg Hawks

June 30, 2018

19:00 Toronto Nationals v Edmonton Royals

Midnight Montreal Tigers v WI

July 1, 2018

19:00 Vancouver Knights v Winnipeg Hawks

Midnight Edmonton Royals v WI

July 2, 2018

19:00 Toronto Nationals v Winnipeg Hawks

Midnight Montreal Tigers v Vancouver Knights

July 4, 2018

Midnight Montreal Tigers v Edmonton Royals

July 5, 2018

Midnight Winnipeg Hawks v WI

July 6, 2018

Midnight Vancouver Knights v Edmonton Royals

July 7, 2018

19:00 Toronto Nationals v WI

Midnight Winnipeg Hawks v Edmonton Royals

July 8, 2018

19:00 Vancouver Knights v WI

Midnight Toronto Nationals v Montreal Tigers

SECOND ROUND

July 10, 2018

19:00 First place v Sixth place

Midnight Second place v Fifth place

July 11, 2018

Midnight Third place v Fourth place

PLAYOFFS

July 12, 2018

19:00 Playoff 1

Midnight Playoff 2

July 14, 2018

23:00 Playoff 2

July 15, 2018

23:00 Final

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