BRISBANE – After a 3-0 whitewash in Tests, Pakistan will take on Australia on Friday in the first game of the five-match ODI series at the Gabba Cricket Ground, Brisbane.
The match will begin at Start time 1320 local (0320 GMT) and 0820 according to PST.
In a series of unfortunate events, Pakistan completed a streak of 12 consecutive Test losses against Australia in Australia.
The change in the format and in the team somehow give a hope to them and to the nation, who has not seen a victory since November.
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The series has its significance for Pakistan team as this will decide their current position in the ICC ODI team ranking.
Pakistan are currently eighth in the list, which is a precarious position for them.
The Green Shirts are at serious risk of failing to qualify directly for the 2019 World Cup. The eight highest-ranked sides as at September 30 this year will earn automatic qualification, while the remainder will be forced to take part in the World Cup Qualifier in Bangladesh in 2018.
Every ODI win in the next nine months is therefore critical for Pakistan.