Pakistan are all set to host New Zealand for a three-match one-day worldwide collection after a spot of 18 years, as the 2 groups lastly sq. off at the moment on the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.
The vacationers will play their first match on Pakistani soil since 2003, with at the moment’s matchset to be the fourth encounter between the 2 sides on the Rawalpindi stadium, with Pakistan having a 3-Zero edge over the Black Caps.
The 2 sides final confronted off in 2019 through the ICC Males’s Cricket World Cup in Birmingham the place Babar Azam guided his facet to a six-wicket victory with a heroic century.
Pakistan, at the moment ranked sixth within the ICC ODI rankings, have an opportunity to climb one spot up, offered they beat the guests 3-Zero within the ODI collection. The 2 groups will retain their pre-series rankings in case Pakistan fail to realize the specified outcome.
New Zealand, the top-ranked ODI group within the ICC Rankings and the 2019 World Cup finalists, will take to the stadium at the moment with the arrogance of a 3-Zero sweep in opposition to Bangladesh in March. The Kiwis shall be seeking to proceed their successful streak.
The Males in Inexperienced even have confidence boosters as they defeated Zimbabwe 2-1 within the format throughout their final conflict in Rawalpindi in October-November 2020. Additionally, Pakistan routed South Africa 2-1 within the final ODI collection performed between the 2 international locations.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam expressed his pleasure over the collection happening between the 2 sides in Pakistan after over a decade-and-a-half.
“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,” mentioned Babar in his pre-series media convention held on-line.
“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.”
New Zealand captain Tom Latham reciprocated Babar Azam’s pleasure.
“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,” mentioned Tom.
“We have the 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.”
The second and third matches shall be performed on September 19 and 21 respectively on the similar venue after which the 2 sides will journey to Lahore for 5 T20Is between September 25 to October 3.
The collection won’t rely in the direction of the ICC World Cup Tremendous League, which can resolve the qualification for the 2023 50-over World Cup, as a result of Pakistan was unable to make preparations for the Choice Evaluation System (DRS) for the highly-anticipated collection.
Pakistan (from): Babar Azam (captain), Abdullah Shafique, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imam-ul-Haq, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Junior, Saud Shakeel, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir, Zahid Mahmood
New Zealand (from): Tom Latham (captain), Finn Allen, Hamish Bennett, Tom Blundell, Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry, Scott Kuggeleijn, Cole McConchie, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra, Blair Tickner, Will Younger