Shock horror, don’t pinch yourself, you are not dreaming, but there is another Test match starting tomorrow morning in Zimbabwe. Not a marquee fixture, granted, but nevertheless hosts Zimbabwe are taking on Pakistan in the 5 day format in Harare.
This is the first of a two match Test series, with the 2nd Test due to be played in Bulawayo on 10th September.
This match was in doubt up until Monday afternoon due to the Zimbabwean players threatening not too take the field due to a dispute over unpaid salaries.
All of these off-field upheavals surely can’t have helped Zimbabwe, and the cricket betting odds suggest this with the hosts massive outsiders. Online bookmakers have Pakistan at 2/7, The Draw 7/2, and Zimbabwe 10/1.
Pakistan looked nailed on really, all the indications point to a win for the visitors. On top of the dispute over money, Zimbabwe have struggled to take wickets to such an alarming extent that even their coach, Andy Waller seems to be suggesting his team will struggle to get the 20 wickets needed to win a Test match.
Onto Betfair cricket trading, and this looks like it could be one of those Test matches that doesn’t have great liquidity, but can still offer plenty of trading opportunities. Sometimes in these sort of non marque matches, there are massive gaps in the markets that can be exposed – particularly overnight.
Rather than just getting stuck into the Pakistan win bet, I think I will start off by looking to pinch a couple of quid here and there from trading. And then wait and see how the match develops, before maybe having a bet later on.