Pakistan, New Zealand build towards World Cup with ODI series

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Pakistan and New Zealand will face off in first of three one-day internationals in Karachi today

KARACHI: Pakistan and New Zealand will face off inside the first of three one-day internationals in Karachi Monday, with a watch on this 12 months’s World Cup in India.

The preceding Test series between the two teams didn’t produce a result in either of the 2 Tests — each in Karachi — finishing a depressing season for both teams.

Pakistan didn’t win any of their three-Test series at domestic, dropping four of the 8 Tests including their first-ever 3-0 whitewash at the palms of England.

New Zealand also didn’t win any of their ultimate six Tests.

But Babar Azam is assured his group will do properly inside the restrained over matches.

“Pakistan has proved themselves to be a great white-ball group and this series presents us an ideal launching pad to kickstart our World Cup arrangements,” stated Azam of the World Cup in October/November.

Azam’s team won 8 of the 9 one-day internationals last year, such as a 2-1 collection win over a powerful Australia at domestic.

“We are a nicely-rounded side with strong batters and bowlers who have proved themselves over and over so I am assured of doing well within the coming series,” stated Azam.

Pakistan will pass over tempo spearhead Shaheen Shah Afridi who is improving from a knee damage sustained in November last year, whilst spinning allrounder Shadab Khan is likewise out with a current finger fracture.

Opener Fakhar Zaman will bolster the batting, as will Haris Sohail — recalled after years.

New Zealand, runners-up in the ultimate World Cup in 2019, received ten of their 16 ODIs final year and have a robust unit led with the aid of Kane Williamson.

They were dominant towards Pakistan, having received 12 of the closing 15 ODIs among the 2 groups.

Williamson is likewise targeting World Cup, having relinquished Test captaincy.

“I felt that continuing to captain the white-ball formats changed into most well known with two World Cups inside the next two years,” he stated ultimate month, relating to the 2023 ODI and 2024 T20 World Cups.

The finished batter recounted Pakistan’s strengths.

“Pakistan is a totally strong side and evidently recognize these conditions very well,” said Williamson.

“For us as a group it’s focusing at the cricket we need to play and try placed out a few progressed performances.”

New Zealand pacer Matt Henry is likewise out of ODIs with an abdominal pressure sustained on the very last day of the drawn second Test.

They are already lacking pace trio Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson and Adam Milne — for numerous motives.

The last fits are on Wednesday and Friday, also in Karachi.

Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Ghulam, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Agha Salman, Shahnawaz Dahani, Shan Masood, Tayyab Tahir, Usama Mir

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Tom Latham, Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Henry Shipley, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Blair Tickner

Umpires: Aleem Dar (PAK) and Asif Yaqoob (PAK)

TV umpire: Ahsan Raza (PAK)

Match referee: David Boon (AUS)

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