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With key players playing in IPL, Michael Bracewell to lead Blackcaps in Pakistan vs New Zealand T20I series

With key players playing in IPL, Michael Bracewell to lead Blackcaps in Pakistan vs New Zealand T20I series

While the absence of senior players weakens the team on paper, it allows the selectors to assess the capabilities of their reserves. The tour will be instrumental in finalizing the core group for the upcoming World Cup.

Pakistan vs New Zealand T20I series: New Zealand will embark on a T20I tour of Pakistan with a squad missing several key players due to their commitments in the Indian Premier League (IPL). All-rounder Michael Bracewell, returning from injury, will lead a relatively inexperienced team on this crucial tour in the lead-up to the T20 World Cup.

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Michael Bracewell Takes the Helm

Michael Bracewell, who hasn’t played international cricket since March 2023 due to injuries, will don the captain’s hat for the first time at this level.

His recent impressive performance in domestic cricket, including a career-best bowling performance, has earned him the trust of the selectors. Bracewell’s leadership experience with Wellington and New Zealand A teams is seen as an asset for this young squad.

Mix of Youth and Experience: Pakistan vs New Zealand T20I series

The Blackcaps’ T20I squad for the Pakistan tour features a blend of young talent and seasoned campaigners. Uncapped batsman Tim Robinson, who shone in the recent Super Smash with his explosive batting, has received a maiden call-up. Will O’Rourke, already familiar with international cricket in the Test and ODI formats, will also be looking to make his mark in T20Is.

Absence of Big Names Presents Opportunity

With nine established players unavailable due to the IPL, this tour provides a valuable opportunity for fringe players to stake their claim for a spot in the T20 World Cup squad. The selectors believe this experience in foreign conditions will be a crucial test for these players’ development.

New Zealand squad Balancing Act

While the absence of senior players weakens the team on paper, it allows the selectors to assess the capabilities of their reserves. The tour will be instrumental in finalizing the core group for the upcoming World Cup.

New Zealand T20I squad vs Pakistan:

Michael Bracewell (capt), Finn Allen, Mark Chapman, Josh Clarkson, Jacob Duffy, Dean Foxcroft, Ben Lister, Cole McConchie, Adam Milne, Jimmy Neesham, Will O’Rourke, Tim Robinson, Ben Sears, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi.

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