LAHORE: An 18-member national cricket team has been announced for the T20 series against New Zealand.
The three matches of the T20 International series between the two teams will be played on December 18, 20, and 22 in Auckland, Hamilton, and Napier respectively. National cricket team head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and captain Babar Azam finalized the squads after consultation with Pakistan Shaheen’s head coach Ijaz Ahmed. A 16-member Pakistan Shaheens squad has also been announced for the four-day match against New Zealand A in Wanganui starting December 17.
Veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed and Hussain Talat have returned to the 18-member national cricket team announced against New Zealand. Rohail Nazir, Fakhr Zaman, and Zafar Gohar, who were part of the national squad for the T20 home series against Zimbabwe, were not included in the national T20 squad against New Zealand.
Rohail Nazir and Zafar Gohar will represent Pakistan Shaheens against New Zealand A while Fakhr Zaman, who did not travel to New Zealand due to high fever, has already been ruled out of the tour. On the other hand, Shadab Khan and Shaheen Shah Afridi were part of the national T20 squad for the home series against Zimbabwe, but they did not play a single match in the series.
Emad Wasim and Mohammad Hafeez will be released from the squad at the end of the T20 series. Emad Waseem will return to Australia on December 23 to play in the Big Bash League while Muhammad Hafeez will return home on December 24.
Misbah-ul-Haq, Head Coach National Cricket Team:
National cricket team head coach Misbah-ul-Haq says he is grateful to all the players and team management who have shown the best of patience and endurance in difficult situations who have contributed to the revival of cricket activities during the global epidemic of Cove 19 Played an important role.
Misbah-ul-Haq said that every prestigious athlete in the world needs a special environment before they can represent their country so that they can complete their preparation before the start of the sport. We fully respect the rules, but there is no denying the fact that the implementation of certain rules and regulations has affected our players mentally and physically.
The head coach said that the New Zealand team is a strong team in their home conditions and their recent performance against the West Indies is clear proof that they are the second-best team in the Tests and the sixth-best in the T20s. “We stand behind all the players and we will give them full encouragement. These players also have to have full confidence and trust in their abilities,” he said.
Meanwhile, national Test cricketers or players who are not part of the T20 squad will join the Pakistan Shaheens in the meantime, where they will start preparations for the two-Test matches against New Zealand. The Test series will start on December 26. ۔
Ejaz Ahmed, Head Coach Pakistan Shaheens:
Pakistan Shaheen’s head coach Ijaz Ahmed said that the only four-day match against New Zealand and then several practice sessions and intra-squad practice matches before that was aimed at giving young players a chance to showcase their talents as well as against New Zealand. They also have to be fully assisted in the preparation of national Test cricketers before the Test series.