The Pakistan cricket team showcased its new kits for the upcoming ODI series against New Zealand at home. The Kiwis are touring the Asian country for the first time in over 18 years.
Ahead of the series, the Pakistan side unveiled its brand new jersey for the 50-over format. Skipper Babar Azam and pace bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi were seen sporting it in a photoshoot. The official Twitter page of Pakistan cricket posted the pictures.
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The visiting side comes into the series with a depleted squad. Regular skipper Kane Williamson is absent along with plenty of A-list players. Tom Latham will be leading the side in the three ODIs against Pakistan at the Pindi Cricket Stadium.
Pakistan and New Zealand skippers content with the balance of their side
New Zealand is the top-ranked ODI side in the ICC rankings. They last played the 50-over format back in March at home against Bangladesh. It was a clean sweep for the Kiwis, romping through by a 3-0 margin. This time around, Latham’s team will face stiffer challenges.
“We know it is special for Pakistan to have cricket in their country and we are excited to be here. Pakistan are a quality side and they have some talented white-ball players in their line-up.“
“We have desired fire-power in our ranks to win this series and I am sure our batters and bowlers will rise to the occasion and make this historic series memorable for us,” Latham told reporters ahead of the match.
The previous time these two sides met in an ODI was in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Pakistan beat New Zealand by six wickets courtesy of Babar Azam’s masterful hundred. He will be hoping to replicate his performance when they meet on September 17.
“Finally, the day has arrived and our entire camp is very excited to play New Zealand at home. We have practiced hard for this series and I am sure we will take full advantage of our home conditions. We have a balanced squad and I remain optimistic about our chances in what promises to be an exciting series. I am sure fans at the stadium and millions watching us on screens will enjoy these matches,” Babar mentioned.
The ODI series will be played from September 17 to 21 followed by a 5-match T20I series.