Last Update on: April 11th, 2023 at 08:14 pm
After being rested from the series against Afghanistan, senior Pakistan players including skipper Babar Azam will make a comeback to the side for the upcoming home series against New Zealand. Pakistan play five T20Is and five ODIs between May 7.
Pakistan are scheduled to play continuous white-ball cricket starting with the series against New Zealand where they play five ODIs and as many T20Is. from April 14 to May 7. The Men in Green will then travel to Sri Lanka in July for a two-Test series.
Against New Zealand We Will Have Home Advantage: Pakistan Pacer Zaman Khan
Babar Azam, Mohammed Rizwan, Haris Rauf, and Fakhar Zaman have all returned to the side for the series against New Zealand. Young Pakistan pacer Zaman Khan is confident that the return of senior players will be a big boost for the series after the loss against Afghanistan.
“Against Afghanistan the conditions were a bit different and the players were new. In the New Zealand series we will have the home advantage as well as our senior players,” Zaman told reporters ahead of the first T20I in Lahore on Saturday.
“If you have the likes of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan in the team, it boosts the confidence of all the other players and winning matches becomes considerably easy.” he further added.
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Pakistan play their first T20I against New Zealand on Friday (April 14) at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Earlier, they lost the T20I series against Afghanistan 2-1 in the UAE in March 2023.
Pakistan Squads For New Zealand Series
T20I Squad: Babar Azam (C), Shadab Khan (VC), Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Ihsanullah, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Saim Ayub, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood and Zaman Khan
ODI Squad:Babar Azam (C), Shadab Khan (VC), Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Haris Sohail, Ihsanullah, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Salman Ali Agha, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood and Usama Mir. Reserves: Abbas Afridi, Abrar Ahmed and Tayyab Tahir