Tomorrow cricket match prediction: PAK vs NZ 1st ODI: Babar Azam unsure if vice-captain Shan Massood will join his XI

The 33-year-old left-hander Masood was appointed vice-captain in place of Mohammad Rizwan, the only wicketkeeper among the three ODI 16-man teams.

Pakistan captain Babar Azam is unsure whether he will start his international series one day, when newly appointed lieutenant Shan Masood faces New Zealand from Monday.

“At the moment, I can’t speak to anyone, whether it’s the vice-captain or the X, Y, Z,” Babar said on Sunday. I will try my best to do so.”

The 33-year-old left-hander Masood, who is the only wicketkeeper in his 16-man squad in three ODIs, was named vice-captain in place of Mohammad Rizwan.

Masood has not played for the ODI since his 2019, when all five of his matches against Australia were played in the United Arab Emirates. He scored 111 runs at an average of 22.20.

The preliminary selection committee, headed by Shahid Afridi, also remembered another left-hander, Haris Sohail. He has scored 1,685 runs in 42 ODIs but has not played against Zimbabwe since October 2020.

After scoring many goals on their home circuit, two uncapped middle order batsmen Tayyab Tahir and Kamran Ghulam were selected.

Despite a poor Test season at home, Pakistan performed well in whiteball cricket. Reached the T20 World Cup final in Australia and qualified for the Twenty20 Asian Cup final.

“I’ve regained my strength in bowling, so I know I can keep the momentum going in whiteball cricket,” Babar said. Harris Rauf has joined fellow fast bowlers Naseem Shah, Mohammad Wasim, Shahnawaz Dahani and Mohammad Hasnain after recovering from a quadriceps injury sustained in the first Test against England last month. .

His ODI on Monday – all three in Karachi – will be between Pakistan and New Zealand for the first time since the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England.

Kane Williamson, who resigned as New Zealand test captain ahead of the Pakistan tour, will return to lead the ODI team.He will then hand over captaincy for the ODI series in India to Tom Latham.

Fast bowler Adam Milne was pulled from the series due to concerns about his preparation, and Blair Tickner, who was part of New Zealand’s Test team, was retained. New Zealand have acquired three white ball specialists. Opening hitter Finn Allen, fast bowler Rocky Ferguson and left arm spinner Mitchell Santner.

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