Pakistan’s new backroom team are searching for an immediate impact when their one-day worldwide team face a largely second-string New Zealand in a house sequence for the primary time since 2003 this week.
International cricket in Pakistan was
suspended within the aftermath of terror assaults on the Sri Lanka aspect in 2009 and
heavy safety surrounds the primary of three one-day internationals in
Rawalpindi on Friday.
Former captain Ramiz Raja has vowed to
rework the sixth-ranked ODI team after being appointed chairman of the
Pakistan Cricket Board on Monday after a shake-up within the team’s backroom workers.
His elevation got here only a week after head
coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis stepped down for private
Former off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq
changed Misbah whereas former all-rounder Abdul Razzaq was appointed his
Raja additionally introduced that Australian nice
Matthew Hayden and South African Vernon Philander have been recruited as batting
and bowling teaching consultants forward of the Twenty20 World Cup subsequent month.
Top-ranked New Zealand are with out many
of their prime gamers — who’re as a substitute heading to the UAE for the Indian
Premier League — together with captain and main batsman Kane Williamson, and
tempo bowling trio Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson.
But Pakistan skipper Babar Azam is just not
taking his opponents evenly, regardless of the raft of lacking star names.
“It would have been nicer had their
greatest team come,” mentioned Babar, who scored a superb hundred within the final
ODI between the 2 groups within the 2019 World Cup at Edgbaston.
“But regardless of the composition of
their team we’ll play to our greatest and win the sequence.”
New Zealand have received 12 of their final 15
ODIs against Pakistan, however their inexperienced aspect has simply suffered a 3-2
Twenty20 sequence defeat in Bangladesh underneath stand-in skipper Tom Latham.
Conditions in Pakistan might be a new
problem for New Zealand, who final toured Pakistan 18 years in the past.
Pakistan did host sequence against the
Black Caps within the UAE in 2009, 2014 and 2018 however improved safety has
steadily seen the nation over the previous six years have the ability to welcome
worldwide groups to their nation once more.
“It’s clearly very pleasing for Pakistan
as a nation to have worldwide cricket again,” mentioned Latham.
“They’ve had a few sequence in
latest instances and clearly that is one other one.
“So, for us, it’s nearly making an attempt
to adapt to situations like we did in Bangladesh and see what we get. So,
one other alternative for the group and so they’re all wanting ahead to it.”
Apart from the heavy safety presence in
Rawalpindi, groups are additionally having to endure life inside a bio-secure bubble
due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Crowds of absolutely vaccinated spectators up
to 25 % capability might be allowed in Rawalpindi for the ODIs and in
Lahore, the place 5 Twenty20 internationals might be performed.
The sequence is not going to depend in direction of the ICC
World Cup Super League, which is able to resolve qualification for the 2023 50-over
World Cup, as a result of there isn’t a umpire resolution overview system in operation.
The second and third ODIs might be performed
in Rawalpindi on Sunday and Tuesday with the five-match Twenty20 worldwide
sequence starting in Lahore on Saturday, September 25.
Pakistan squad: 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 squad: 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 Young