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.
“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.”
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.
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,
Coach: Phil Simmons
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
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
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
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
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
July 12, 2018
19:00 Playoff 1
Midnight Playoff 2
July 14, 2018
23:00 Playoff 2
July 15, 2018
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12:40 England beat Australia by 28 runs
Jos Buttler hit yet another fifty and England’s bowlers maintained pressure throughout as England defeated Australia by 28 runs in the one-off T20 in Birmingham.
England scored 221-5 and despite a spirited 84 from captain Aaron Finch, Australia were dismissed for 193.
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10:30 pm – India cruise to win
India sailed to a 76-run win over Ireland in the first T20 on Wednesday.
Openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma added 160 runs for and that sealed the fate of the match.
Wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav finished with career best figures of 4-21 as Ireland were restricted to 132-9 chasing 208-5.
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9:40 pm – India in control
India picked up six wickets by the 13th over of the second innings as they took control of the first T20 against Ireland.
Rohit Sharma hit 97 as India made 208-5 batting first with fellow opener Shikhar Dhawan hitting 74.
In the chase, India spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav put the brakes on Irish scoring.
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Read more on what Lakmal, match-winner Dilruwan Perera, coach Chandika Hathurusingha and West Indies skipper Jason Holder had to say after the enthralling Test in our full story here.
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Do not miss any of the action from this T20 clash by following our live ball-by-ball updates here.
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Read more on the youngster’s injury and other developments in our team news for India ahead of the upcoming clash here.
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Read what other proposals CWI has tabled in the full story here.
3:00pm – UAE to continue hosting Pakistan’s home matches
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A fresh agreement with the two boards has now been reached with UAE set to host Pakistan’s matches at a reduced cost. Read more on this big development in our full story here.
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Read what the India man had to say about India’s chances in England’s backyard in our full story here.
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