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After 18 years, New Zealand play first ODI on Pakistani soil in the present day

New Zealand play first ODI on Pakistani soil today
Pakistan are all set to host New Zealand for a three-match one-day worldwide sequence after a spot of 18 years, as the 2 groups lastly sq. off in the present day on the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.

The vacationers will play their first match on Pakistani soil since 2003, with in the present day’s matchset to be the fourth encounter between the 2 sides on the Rawalpindi stadium, with Pakistan having a 3-0 edge over the Black Caps.

The 2 sides final confronted off in 2019 in the course of the ICC Males’s Cricket World Cup in Birmingham the place Babar Azam guided his aspect to a six-wicket victory with a heroic century.

Pakistan, at present ranked sixth within the ICC ODI rankings, have an opportunity to climb one spot up, supplied they beat the guests 3-0 within the ODI sequence. The 2 groups will retain their pre-series rankings in case Pakistan fail to realize the specified consequence.

New Zealand, the top-ranked ODI crew within the ICC Rankings and the 2019 World Cup finalists, will take to the stadium in the present day with the arrogance of a 3-0 sweep towards Bangladesh in March. The Kiwis will probably be trying to proceed their profitable 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 sequence performed between the 2 nations.

Pakistan captain Babar Azam expressed his pleasure over the sequence going down between the 2 sides in Pakistan after over a decade-and-a-half.

“Lastly, the day has arrived and our whole camp could be very excited to play New Zealand at residence. We’ve practiced exhausting for this sequence and I’m certain we’ll take full benefit of our residence situations,” mentioned Babar in his pre-series media convention held on-line.

“We’ve a balanced squad and I stay optimistic about our possibilities in what guarantees to be an thrilling sequence. I’m certain followers on the stadium and tens of millions watching us on screens will get pleasure from these matches.”

New Zealand captain Tom Latham reciprocated Babar Azam’s pleasure.

“We all know it’s particular for Pakistan to have cricket of their nation and we’re excited to be right here. Pakistan are a high quality aspect and so they have some proficient white-ball gamers of their line-up,” mentioned Tom.

“We’ve the specified fire-power in our ranks to win this sequence and I’m certain our batters and bowlers will rise to the event and make this historic sequence memorable for us.”

The second and third matches will probably be performed on September 19 and 21 respectively on the identical venue after which the 2 sides will journey to Lahore for 5 T20Is between September 25 to October 3.

The sequence won’t depend in the direction of the ICC World Cup Tremendous League, which is able to resolve the qualification for the 2023 50-over World Cup, as a result of Pakistan was unable to make preparations for the Determination Assessment System (DRS) for the highly-anticipated sequence.

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