After enduring a disheartening 3-0 defeat in the recently concluded Test series against Australia, Pakistan are set to embark on a redemption journey as they gear up for a five-match T20I series against New Zealand. The first encounter is scheduled to take place on January 11 at Eden Park in Auckland.
Pakistan’s squad composition
The upcoming series holds additional significance as it marks Shaheen Afridi‘s debut as the captain, with the experienced Mohammad Rizwan serving as his deputy. The squad showcases a blend of promising youngsters, exemplified by the inclusion of Azam Khan and seasoned campaigners like the prolific Babar Azam. Here is the potential best XI of the guests for their upcoming T20I contests against the BlackCaps.
Dynamic opening pair
The explosive Saim Ayub is set to partner with the reliable Rizwan in the opening pair, creating a dynamic left-right batting combination. Ayub’s aggressiveness will complement Rizwan’s adept stroke play, providing the team with a solid foundation and stability.
Reliable upper middle-order
Moving to the upper middle order, the trio of Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman and Sahibzada Farhan form a staggering batting lineup. Their collective experience and ability to handle pressure make them vital assets for Pakistan.
Explosive lower middle-order
The lower middle order boasts the explosive duo of Iftikhar Ahmed and Azam Khan, known for their ability to score briskly, particularly in the death overs. Their aggressive approach can prove invaluable in setting or chasing challenging targets.
Formidable bowling attack
As for the bowling department, the trio of Shaheen, Haris Rauf and Aamer Jamal is expected to wreak havoc on New Zealand’s seam-friendly pitches. Their pace and skill can exploit the conditions to trouble the opposition batters. Abrar Ahmed, entrusted with spin bowling duties, adds a strategic dimension to the attack.
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- 1 Pakistan’s squad composition
- 2 Dynamic opening pair
- 3 Reliable upper middle-order
- 4 Explosive lower middle-order
- 5 Formidable bowling attack