Pakistan rope in Zahid Mahmood in place of injured Shadab Khan for T20I series against Zimbabwe

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Pakistan brought in leg-spinner Zahid Mahmood for the T20I series against Zimbabwe in place of the injured Shadab Khan, who was ruled out of the tour due to a toe injury that he sustained in the second ODI on Sunday.

Pakistan leg-spinner Zahid Mahmood

Pakistan leg-spinner Zahid Mahmood (PCB Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Zahid made his T20 debut in the last T20I that Pakistan played against South Africa at home in March
  • He was earlier added to the squad for the two Test matches against Zimababwe next month
  • Now he has been brought in for the T20I series against Zimbabwe as well

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday added leg-spinner Zahid Mahmood to the T20I squad for the series against Zimbabwe in place of the injured Shadab Khan.

Shadab was ruled out of the tour against South Africa due to a toe injury that he sustained in the second ODI against South Africa on Sunday.

After the completion of the four-match T20I series against South Africa, Pakistan will travel to Zimbabwe for a three-match T20I series.

Zahid was originally named in the two-Test squad against Zimbabwe, while Fakhar was initially named for the ODIs.

The Pakistan Cricket Board said both the changes were approved by the national selection committee on the request of the team management.

Zahid made his T20 debut in the last T20I that Pakistan played against South Africa at home in early March but was surprisingly included only for the two Tests against Zimbabwe.

The members of the Test squad will fly out to join the team mid-April.

— ICC (@ICC) February 14, 2021

Fakhar Zaman in red-hot form

On Wednesday in the third ODI, Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman brought up his 2nd successive hundred against South Africa at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.

Fakhar Zaman hit his 6th ODI hundred in the crunch series-decider between South Africa and Pakistan. The opener was in complete control of his knock from the word go after South Africa won the toss and put Pakistan in to bat.

Fakhar Zaman hit as many as 3 sixes and 9 boundaries for his 104-ball 101. This was the first time Fakhar has hit back-to-back ODI hundreds in his career.

Notably, the Pakistan opener becomes only the 3rd visiting batsman after Kevin Pietersen in 2005 and Joe Root in 2016 to hit back-to-back ODI hundreds in South Africa.