Pakistan is all set to tour New Zealand in the month of December and January to play three-match T20Is followed by two-match Test series.
New Zealand are currently playing two-match Test series against West Indies. The home side will be looking to continue their winning ways in home conditions. Kane Williamson is expected to lead the side in the T20Is and Test series.
Kane Williamson-led unit will take on Pakistan in a three-match T20I series that is slated to begin from 18th December. The opening game of the series will be played at Eden Park in Auckland. The second game of the series will be played at Seddon Park in Hamilton on 20th December. The third and final game of the T20I series will be played at McLean Park in Napier on 22th December.
The home side has picked uncapped Jacob Duffy, Blair Tickner and Mark Chapman for the opening game of the T20I series. Kane Williamson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Kylie Jamieson will play the second and third game of the T20I series.
Left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner will lead the side for the opening game of the T20I series. Veteran batsman Ross Taylor has been dropped from the T20I side.
On the other hand, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have announced their T20I squad for the upcoming three-match series against New Zealand. Babar Azam has been ruled out of the T20I series due to a thumb fracture. He will be looking to get fit in time for the two-match Test series that will begin from 26th December.
Hussain Talat and Sarfaraz Ahmed have made their return into the T20I squad for the upcoming three-match series against New Zealand. Uncapped Abdullah Shafique, Haider Ali, Usman Qadir and Mohammad Musa are new players pick for the T20I series.
Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Rauf and Shaheen Shah Afridi are prominent pacers included in the T20I squad, while Wahab Riaz has been retained following his excellent performances against England and Zimbabwe.
The culmination of the T20I series will see New Zealand and Pakistan clash in a two-match Test series. It will interesting to whether New Zealand can continue their dominance at home in the five-day format.