After the three-match T20 series against Bangladesh, New Zealand is going to enter the field again. The Kiwis have a busy schedule at home this year. Now Pakistan is going to visit the Oceania country. Blackcaps have announced their full strength squad for the upcoming T20 series against Babar Azam.
The New Zealand Cricket Board has announced a 15-member squad for the five-match T20I series. After the World Cup, Kane Williamson was not with the team for the white-ball two-format series against Bangladesh at home. He returned to the team after two series. Pacer Matt Henry has returned from injury along with the regular captain.
Henry was knocked out due to injury in the middle of the World Cup. After that he could not play against Bangladesh due to injury. Meanwhile, even though Williamson has been made the captain, the hosts will not have him in the third T20. New Zealand Cricket does not want to take any risk with him. Jos Clarkson has been called up in the squad for the third match in place of this experienced cricketer.
New Zealand did not consider Rachin Ravindra for this series. The board rested this young all-rounder who has been playing regularly for the national team since August last year. New Zealand coach Gary Steed said, ‘A young player like Racine is of immense value to New Zealand cricket. We want to emphasize his well-being. He has been traveling to five countries non-stop for the past five months. It is not possible to continue like this for a long time.’
Pakistan’s tour of New Zealand will begin on February 12. The first match of the series will be played at Eden Park in Auckland. The fifth and final T20 will be played on February 21.
New Zealand’s 15-man squad:
Kane Williamson (captain), Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Tim Seifert, Mark Chapman, Josh Clarkson, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ben Sears, Lockie Ferguson and Adam Milne.