The New Zealand team will tour Pakistan after 18 years to play three ODIs and five T20Is. Their last encounter was a 2-3 loss in a T20I series to Bangladesh. The team would look to improve on their performances against Pakistan.
The New Zealand squad will be missing a number of regular faces in Kane Williamson, Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson. The squad will be led by Tom Latham in both formats.
The New Zealand squad comprises a number of players who’ll feature in the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. These include Todd Astle, Mark Chapman, Daryl Mitchell, Ish Sodhi, and Martin Guptill. New Zealand will look to field them in most matches so that they get accustomed to the Asian conditions.
Pakistan finished its recent tour of the West Indies with a 1-0 win in the T20I series. Regular captain Babar Azam will lead the team in both formats.
Their T20I squad is the same team that will feature in the 2021 T20 World Cup. Pakistan will bank on the experience of Mohammad Hafeez as well as the youthful exuberance of Azam Khan.
The ODI series between the two teams will not be a part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League. This is because the DRS is not available for the series.
Pak v NZ squads: Full team list for Pakistan and New Zealand
Pakistan squad for ODIs
Babar Azam (c), Abdullah Shafique, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Iftikhar Ahmad, Imam-Ul-Haq, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Wasim, Saud Shakeel, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir, Zahid Mahmood.
New Zealand squad for ODIs
Tom Latham (c) (wk), Finn Allen, Hamish Bennett, Tom Blundell (wk), Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry, Scott Kuggeleijn, Cole McConchie, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra, Blair Tickner, Will Young.
Pakistan squad for T20Is
Babar Azam (c), Asif Ali, Azam Khan (wk), Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sohaib Maqsood.
New Zealand squad for T20Is
Tom Latham (c) (wk), Finn Allen, Todd Astle, Hamish Bennett, Tom Blundell (wk), Mark Chapman, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Daryl Mitchell, Ajaz Patel, Ish Sodhi, Ben Sears, Blair Tickner, Will Young.