Pakistan and Zimbabwe face off to start out 2023 World Cup qualification bid | Cricket Information

DUBAI: Former world champions Pakistan host Zimbabwe within the ICC males’s World Cup Tremendous League collection in Rawalpindi from Friday because the groups start their qualification marketing campaign for the 2023 World Cup, scheduled to be held in India.
A document of dropping only one out of 19 ODIs over six earlier dwelling collection towards Zimbabwe would give new captain Babar Azam confidence forward of their opening collection of the Tremendous League, launched to carry context to ODI cricket and to verify the highest seven groups with direct spots for the World Cup together with hosts India.
That includes 13 groups, the 12 ICC full members and the Netherlands, who certified by profitable the ICC World Cricket League Championship 2015-17, the Tremendous League will see sides play eight three-match collection every, 4 at dwelling and 4 away.
The edges failing to qualify straight will get a second shot by way of a Qualifier.
Every crew will get 10 factors for a win, 5 for a tie/no outcome/abandonment and none for a loss. Groups will probably be ranked in response to complete factors earned throughout the eight collection.
England, who gained the ICC males’s World Cup as hosts final yr, lead the factors desk with 30 factors after that includes in each collection performed thus far. They beat Eire 2-1 earlier than dropping to Australia by the identical margin final month.
Babar, who was participant of the collection of their final ODI rubber towards Sri Lanka performed over a yr in the past, is the top-ranked participant from both facet within the ICC males’s ODI participant rankings. He’s ranked third amongst batters and the one one within the collection who’s within the high 10 of both the batting or bowling rankings.
Left-handed opener Imam-ul-Haq has an excellent likelihood of shifting again into the highest 10, as he’s simply two factors behind England’s Jonny Bairstow and 4 others too are inside 13 ranking factors.
Fakhar Zaman is 4 locations behind Imam in 15th place, whereas Haris Sohail (32nd) and Mohammad Hafeez (44th) will probably be others within the focus from the rankings perspective.
With Mohammad Amir not named within the squad for the collection, fellow left-arm quick bowler Shaheen Afridi, a star of the Pakistan facet that performed within the ICC Below-19 males’s World Cup 2018 in New Zealand, is the house facet’s main bowler in 24th place.
Spinners Shadab Khan (28th) and Imad Wasim (33rd) observe within the checklist.
For Chamu Chibhabha-led Zimbabwe, Sikandar Raza leads the batters’ rankings in 47th place, 11 locations beneath his career-best 36th place that he attained 5 years in the past. Brendan Taylor, who has been within the high 10 prior to now, is in 50th place whereas Sean Williams is 57th.
Quick bowler Tendai Chatara, who performed within the ICC Below-19 males’s World Cup 2010 in New Zealand, is ranked 43rd amongst bowlers and can be trying to transfer again in direction of his career-best 23rd place in April 2015. Spinners Williams (64th) and Raza (70th) too have attained higher rankings prior to now.

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