The full list of fixtures for the upcoming series between New Zealand and Pakistan:
The 54-strong Pakistan touring group, which includes 34 players and 20 support staff, will start the tour with two ‘A’ side four-day games beginning on December 10 in Queenstown.
The focus will then switch to a T20I series which begins in Auckland on December 18 before finishing with two Test matches that form part of the ICC World Test Championship, the first of which is set for Mount Maunganui on December 26.
The two sides haven’t met in T20I or Test cricket since 2018, with Pakistan claiming the last five T20Is between the teams. New Zealand have fared better in their recent Test clashes, securing wins in four out of the last five matches.
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson will no doubt head into the series full of confidence after notching a career-best 251 against West Indies last week, which saw him reach 886 points to match Virat Kohli in the ICC Test Batting rankings. The pair now sit 25 points behind top-ranked Steve Smith.
Attention will also be on Kiwi Devon Conway, who is expected to be included in the T20I squad and has an outside shot of breaking into New Zealand’s Test squad following a prolific run of form in domestic cricket and a fine start to his T20I career. The 29-year-old has been named New Zealand’s domestic player of the year on back-to-back occasions and was the leading run-scorer in three different domestic competitions in the 2019/20 season.
For the visitors, Babar Azam will preside over his first Test series as skipper, having replaced Azhar Ali.
The in-form batsman, who sits at number two and number five in the ICC T20I and Test batting rankings respectively, recently amassed 354 runs in six games to finish as top run-scorer in Pakistan’s recent ODI and T20I series against Zimbabwe.
New Zealand Squads
‘A’ squad: Glenn Phillips, Henry Cooper, Devon Conway, Tim Seifert, Rachin Ravindra, Mark Chapman, Jimmy Neesham, Cameron Fletcher (wk), Doug Bracewell, Lockie Ferguson, Ed Nuttall, Scott Kuggeleijn, Ish Sodhi
The T20I and Test squads are yet to be named.
T20I squad: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Abdullah Shafique, Faheem Ashraf, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Musa Khan, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheeh Shah Afridi, Usman Qadir, Wahab Riaz
Shaheens (‘A’) squad: Rohail Nazir (captain), Abid Ali, Amad Butt, Azhar Ali, Danish Aziz, Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Imran Butt, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan, Yasir Shah, Zafar Gohar and Zeeshan Malik.
Pakistan are yet to announce their Test squad.
New Zealand A v Pakistan A – Queenstown Events Centre, Queenstown – Dec 19-12, 2020 (10pm GMT)
New Zealand A v Pakistan A – Cobham Oval, Whangarei – Dec 16-19, 2020 (10pm GMT)
New Zealand v Pakistan T20I fixtures
New Zealand v Pakistan, 1st T20I, Eden Park, Auckland – Dec 18, 2020 (6am GMT)
New Zealand v Pakistan, 2nd T20I, Seddon Park, Hamilton – Dec 20, 2020 (6am GMT)
New Zealand v Pakistan, 3rd T20I, McLean Park, Napier – Dec 22, 2020 (6am GMT)
New Zealand v Pakistan Test fixtures
New Zealand v Pakistan, 1st Test, Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui – Dec 25-29 2020 (10pm GMT)
New Zealand v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Hagley Oval, Christchurch – Jan 2-6 2021 (1opm GMT)