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Pakistan Tour Of New Zealand

Pakistan cricket team head coach Misbah ul Haq announced the 35-player squad for Pakistan’s tour to New Zealand.

Misbah, in a press conference in Lahore, said, that the upcoming series is “Crucial” for the team as it will help Pakistan improve its T20 rankings and gain valuable points in the ICC World Test Championship.

He said they have selected the best available players taking into consideration recent player performances.

Out-of-form batsman Asad Shafiq, white-ball pacer Mohammad Amir and 38-year-old Shoaib Malik were the biggest names missed in the squad.

Uncapped quartet of Amad Butt, Danish Aziz, Imran Butt and Rohail Nazir, while Abdullah Shafique and Usman Qadir, who only Recently made their Pakistan debuts, are retained.

Mohammad Rizwan has been appointed as the vice-captain for the test team for the tour while, wicketkeeper Rohail Nazir and Haider Ali have been appointed as the captain and vice-captain of the Pakistan Shaheens’, respectively.

The head coach said that the tour schedule has been designed in such a way that the players play tough intra-squad matches.

The former captain said that the “COVID-19 times” have provided a “unique opportunity” to the best performers of the domestic circuit to represent the national and Shaheens squads against a quality opposition, like New Zealand.

Pakistan cricket team will leave for New Zealand on November 23 and will play two Test and three twenty20 matches.