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Babar Azam, Shaheen Afridi return as Pakistan Announces T20I and ODI Squads for New Zealand Tour

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced two separate T20 and ODI squads for the upcoming New Zealand tour, set to begin next month. The full-strength squads for the home series against New Zealand will be led by Babar Azam as captain and Shadab Khan as vice-captain.

Star fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi is slated to make his return to international cricket after a four-month absence. The series, scheduled to take place in Lahore, Rawalpindi, and Karachi, will run from April 14 to May 7.

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In addition to Afridi, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, and Mohammad Rizwan will also rejoin the squads after resting during last month’s three-T20I series against Afghanistan in Sharjah. Azam will resume his duties as captain for both the ODI and T20I series against New Zealand, with Shadab returning to his original position as vice-captain.

Young talents Ihsanullah, Saim Ayub, and Zaman Khan have been retained in the T20I squad following impressive performances in Sharjah. Ihsanullah will also join the ODI squad for the first time in his career.

The players will assemble in Lahore on April 6, with a training camp commencing on April 7. The series kicks off in Lahore with the first T20I on April 14.

With a combination of experienced players and fresh talent, Pakistan is gearing up for an exciting and competitive series against New Zealand. Fans are eagerly awaiting the return of their cricket stars and the introduction of new players on the international stage.

Pakistan Squad (T20 and ODI) against New Zealand

T20I: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Ihsanullah, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Saim Ayub, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood and Zaman Khan

ODI: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Haris Sohail, Ihsanullah, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Salman Ali Agha, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood and Usama Mir

Pakistan vs New Zealand Series schedule (T20Is to start at 9pm; ODIs to begin at 3.30pm):

  • 14 Apr – 1st T20I, Lahore
  • 15 Apr – 2nd T20I, Lahore
  • 17 Apr – 3rd T20I, Lahore
  • 20 Apr – 4th T20I, Rawalpindi
  • 24 Apr – 5th T20I, Rawalpindi
  • 27 Apr – 1st ODI, Rawalpindi
  • 29 Apr – 2nd ODI, Rawalpindi
  • 3 May – 3rd ODI, Karachi
  • 5 May – 4th ODI, Karachi
  • 7 May – 5th ODI, Karachi

Check out full Series Schedule, Squads and Match updates during New Zealand tour of Pakistan 2023 here.

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