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Sarfaraz back in Pakistan squad for T20Is

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has named 18-man squad for three-match T20I series against New Zealand. Sarfaraz Ahmed, the former skipper has returned to the squad.

Sarfaraz was left out of home series against Zimbabwe. Although he played in the tour of England earlier. All-rounder Hussain Talat has also made return to Pakistan squad

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The touring side Pakistan will divide into two groups – the national team and Pakistan Shaheens, whom will be led by Rohail Nazir in four-day tour match against New Zealand.

“I want to compliment my players and the management team for their patience, sacrifices and the hardships they have endured to ensure they not only lead the safe resumption of international cricket during the Covid-19 pandemic since the series in England but also try to give their best every time they step on the field,” head coach Misbah-ul-Haq said.

“We will leave the isolation facility in the next day or two, we will try to put all this behind us and focus on the challenge of facing New Zealand in both the formats. New Zealand are a formidable side in their conditions and their recent performances against the West Indies confirm why they are ranked second in Tests and just behind us in T20Is in sixth position.

“For the T20Is, we have retained the squad that has been playing together for some time. The squad comprises young, talented and high-performing players, who are determined and eager to make names for themselves and further cement their places in the side.”

The T20Is will take place on December 18, 20 and 22 in three venues. The two-match Test series will start on the Boxing Day (December 26).

Pakistan T20I squad: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Abdullah Shafique, Faheem Ashraf, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Musa Khan, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usman Qadir and Wahab Riaz.

Pakistan Shaheens squad: Rohail Nazir (captain), Abid Ali, Amad Butt, Azhar Ali, Danish Aziz, Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Imran Butt, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan, Yasir Shah, Zafar Gohar and Zeeshan Malik.

New Zealand vs Pakistan T20I fixtures:

December 18: 1st T20I, Eden Park, Auckland

December 20: 2nd T20I, Seddon Park, Hamilton

December 22: 3rd T20I, McLean Park, Napier

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