Pakistan's newly appointed white-ball vice-captain Shadab Khan has emphasised on the need to uplift his team's fielding standards and employ an aggressive approach in the upcoming series against Zimbabwe.
Pakistan will be conducting their first international assignment at home since the coronavirus outbreak once the first of the three ODIs against Zimbabwe commences on October 30 in Rawalpindi.
While the last bilateral meeting between the two nations saw Zimbabwe being humbled by an embarrassing 5-0 margin, Shadab has warned against underestimating the African opponents.
“We won’t be taking Zimbabwe lightly at all. We are fully focused on the job at hand and during the season we are very keen on improving both our game and fitness," he told pcb.com.pk.
Pakistan's squad will be heading into the limited-overs fixtures with the experience of the domestic National T20 Cup in Multan and Rawalpindi.
The tournament witnessed a spate of high-scoring encounters with Shadab highlighting the quality of action during the T20 engagement.
“We had an excellent build-up to the Zimbabwe series with the National T20 Cup. The tournament was highly competitive," he noted.
"Such tournaments will help narrow the gap between domestic and international levels. The revamped domestic system surely provides that opportunity to the players.”
Despite the overall competitive mood of the National T20 Cup, there was a significant number of fielding lapses with a regular occurrence of drops in the games.
Shadab and skipper Babar Azam both addressed the importance of polishing athletic abilities in the field and hoped to set an example for the rest of the team.
“To keep up with the modern-day requirements of fast-paced cricket we need to be super fit. As the leaders of the group, both Shadab and I need to set an example with our fitness and commitment," Babar said.
"We have a lot of cricket lined-up and the only method for us to regain our spot at the top of the rankings is aggressive and fearless cricket," he added.
Shadab also focused on the context of the inaugural World Cup Super League that attached an additional value to ODI victories.
“Many players discuss fitness and how to improve in that area which is a positive sign indeed. For us each and every point in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League matters. A convincing victory against Zimbabwe will hold us in good stead when we depart for the tour of New Zealand," he concluded.