Pakistan Launches T20 World Cup Preparations with New Zealand T20Is

Pakistan Launches T20 World Cup Preparations with New Zealand T20Is

News by “M.Sheharyar”

Pakistan is set to initiate their preparations for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 as they face New Zealand in the first of a five-match series at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on Thursday.

The Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium will host matches on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, while Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium will be the venue for the remaining two matches next week on Thursday and Saturday.

This marks the third five-match series between the two teams within a 12-month period. Last year, Pakistan and New Zealand drew the series at two-all in Pakistan, while New Zealand secured a 4-1 victory earlier this year in their homeland.

Pakistan has introduced uncapped players Abrar Ahmed, Mohammad Irfan Khan, and Usman Khan in the 17-player squad, which also sees the return of Babar Azam as the white-ball captain.

Mohammad Amir and Imad Wasim make a comeback to the national team alongside fast bowler Naseem Shah.

Naseem’s return follows his last appearance for Pakistan in the ACC Asia Cup 2023 before a shoulder injury during the match against India in Colombo sidelined him from the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 and subsequent tours of Australia and New Zealand.

For the first time in his coaching career, Azhar Mahmood will lead as the head coach of the Pakistan men’s team. Mahmood, a former Test all-rounder, previously served as the national side’s bowling coach from 2016-2019.

Babar Azam expressed the significance of the series, highlighting its role in the team’s preparation for the upcoming mega-event. He emphasized the blend of youth and experience in the squad as a source of excitement and motivation.

Michael Bracewell, leading the New Zealand side, expressed his pride in captaining the team for the tour. He emphasized their intent to play entertaining cricket and acknowledged Pakistan’s strength at home, stating their readiness to face the challenge.

The toss is scheduled for 7 pm local time, with the first ball set to be bowled at 7:30 pm local time.

Squads:

Pakistan – Babar Azam (c), Abrar Ahmed, Azam Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Abbas Afridi, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Amir, Muhammad Irfan Khan, Naseem Shah, Saim Ayub, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usama Mir, Usman Khan, and Zaman Khan

New Zealand – Michael Bracewell (c), Tom Blundell, Mark Chapman, Josh Clarkson, Jacob Duffy, Dean Foxcroft, Ben Lister, Cole McConchie, Jimmy Neesham, Will O’Rourke, Tim Robinson, Ben Sears, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, and Zak Foulkes.

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