Babar Azam and Shadab Khan
Babar Azam and Shadab Khan. Pic Credits: Twiter

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Pakistan Cricket Team would be crestfallen after losing the 5th T20I match against New Zealand despite being in a state of ascendancy. Mohammad Rizwan struck a flamboyant knock of 98 runs but wasn’t able to accelerate in the death overs which hurt the team as another 10-15 runs would have made the difference. Rizwan can be seen struggling to clear the fence in the middle overs.

The Black Caps were in deep trouble during the run chase of 194 as they were reduced to 26-3 within 4 overs. Mark Chapman played a significant knock of 104 runs in 57 balls. The likes of Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf & Shadab Khan were all taken to the cleaners.

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The Men in Green would be aiming to start afresh in the ODI Series commencing on 27th March (*Thursday). This ODI Series would serve as a stepping stone for Pakistan ahead of the marquee ODI WC 2023. All eyes would be on Fakhar Zaman & Mohammad Rizwan.

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According to multiple reports, it is assumed that Kane Williamson won’t feature for WC 2023 due to the knee injury he sustained during IPL 2023 and it looks likely that Tom Latham will continue to lead the side till WC 2023.

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New Zealand have a pretty dangerous pace attack in the form of Matt Henry & Adam Milne as Pakistan’s batting lineup would be tested. New Zealand would back themselves to defeat Pakistan after earlier winning the ODI Series against Pakistan in 2023.

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Our main batters are leaving behind the team for personal milestones- Mohammad Wasim

Former Pakistan’s chief selector Mohammad Wasim was having an interaction with the media and indirectly was furious with Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam for prioritizing personal milestones. Wasim was quite curious whether the batters will play in the same fashion in the ODI Series against New Zealand. Mohammad Wasim was quite sure that the batters will continue to play for ICC rankings.

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“Since the past five years, if you look at the stats from 40 to 50 runs and then from 90 to 100 runs, our main batters are slowing down for personal milestones leaving behind the team, and that has cost us matches,” said Wasim Khan.

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“Success in cricket often depends on adapting to changing circumstances. In the previous ODI series against Australia, Pakistan’s batters demonstrated this by elevating their strike rates from 70 to 100, resulting in a hard-earned victory,” he stated.

“As we look ahead to the upcoming series, it remains to be seen whether they will continue with the same technique. One thing is certain, however, until the ICC rankings remain in the equation. things wouldn’t change,” he added.