For the series opener, the home team gave Test debuts to three players: batsmen Milton Shumba and Roy Kaia, as well as left-arm seamer Richard Ngarava.
Sean Williams, Zimbabwe’s captain, and fellow batsman Craig Ervine are both injured. Brendan Taylor, a former captain, will serve as interim captain.
Sajid Khan, a bowling all-rounder, made his debut for Pakistan.
After winning one-day international and Twenty20 series in South Africa and a T20 series in Zimbabwe on this southern Africa tour, the tourists are hoping to translate their recent limited-overs style into the longer format.
Zimbabwe’s last Test series against Afghanistan ended in a draw, but the country hasn’t won a series since 2011. Pakistan is coming off a 2-0 series victory over South Africa at home in February.
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Pakistan: Imran Butt, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (captain), Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan, Faheem Ashraf, Noman Ali, Hasan Ali, Sajid Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Zimbabwe: Prince Masvaure, Kevin Kasuza, Tarisai Musakanda, Brendan Taylor (captain), Milton Shumba, Roy Kaia, Regis Chakabva, Donald Tiripano, Tendai Chisoro, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava.