Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced a squad of 15 players for the upcoming One Day International (ODI) against New Zealand. There are couple of changes in the squad because of injury problems and few players make a return in the squad. The ODI series will comprise of 5 matches between 6 January to 19th January.
Two Left arm pacers ‘Usman Khan’ and ‘Junaid Khan’ are not included in the squad because of some serious injury issues. Junaid is having stress fracture in his foot during Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and Usman Khan has stress fracture in his back.Pakistan right hand opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad has been dropped against New Zealand and Azhar Ali is included in the squad on for Shahzad who has already batted on the position.
Imad Wasim, who was the regular member of Pakistan Cricket Team from couple of series is also injured and having knee injury, so he is also out of the tour. The very talented ‘Muhammad Amir’ returned in the team after recovering from an injury due to that he couldn’t play ODI series against Sri Lanka.
Left-arm spinner Muhammad Nawaz and all-rounder Aamer Yamin gets the opportunity. Nawaz played his last ODI in January 2017 and Yami has given another chance after a long wait as he played his last ODI match back in November 2015.
The list of following players are announced for the upcoming ODI series against New Zealand:
Sarfraz Ahmed (captain / wicket-keeper), Azhar Ali, Aamer Yamin, Babar Azam, Fahim Ashraf ,Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Hafeez, Rumman Raees, Shadab Khan
Following the Schedule for Pakistan vs New Zealand:
1st Match: 6th Jan 2018 at Basin Reserve, Wellington
2nd Match: 9th Jan 2018 at Saxton Oval, Nelson
3rd Match: 13th Jan 2018 at University Oval, Dunedin
4th Match: 16th Jan 2018 at Seddon Park, Hamilton
5th Match: 19th Jan 2018 at Basin Reserve, Wellington
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