Michael Leads New Zealand in Pakistan T20Is, Debut Beckons for Robinson

Michael Leads New Zealand in Pakistan T20Is, Debut Beckons for Robinson

News by “Sana Ullah”

Michael Bracewell to Lead New Zealand in Pakistan T20I Series, Tim Robinson Set for Debut” Allrounder Michael Bracewell has been appointed as the captain of the New Zealand team for their upcoming T20I tour of Pakistan, marking his return to international cricket following a period of injury. Additionally, uncapped batsman Tim Robinson is poised to make his debut in the T20I format.

Fast bowler Will O’Rourke, who recently made his debuts in Test and ODI cricket, has also been included in the squad.

Bracewell’s last appearance for New Zealand was in March last year before he suffered a ruptured right Achilles tendon while playing for Worcestershire in the T20 Blast. He subsequently endured a broken finger but has recently showcased impressive form, claiming a career-best 8 for 41 in the Plunket Shield.

With nine players unavailable due to their IPL commitments, along with others such as Will Young and Tom Latham occupied elsewhere, the tour to Pakistan presents an opportunity for fringe players to stake their claim for spots in New Zealand’s T20 World Cup squad.

Selector Sam Wells expressed confidence in Bracewell’s leadership abilities, highlighting his prior experience leading Wellington and various New Zealand representative sides. Meanwhile, the inclusion of 21-year-old Robinson comes on the back of an impressive domestic season, where he emerged as the second-highest run-scorer in the Super Smash.

Wells praised Robinson’s explosive batting style and exceptional fielding skills, considering him well-suited to the T20 format. He also lauded O’Rourke’s performances in his early international outings and sees the Pakistan tour as an ideal chance for him to further develop his skills in unfamiliar conditions.

The New Zealand T20I squad for the series against Pakistan includes a mix of experienced campaigners and promising newcomers, aiming to make a mark in the challenging conditions of Pakistan.

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