T20I series: Pak-NZ first face off tomorrow

Welington: After one-day international (ODI) series, Pakistan and New Zealand are all set to lock horns in three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) starting from tomorrow (Monday) in Wellington.

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The second will be held at the Eden Park, Auckland on Jan 25, while the final ODI will be played at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Jan 28 concluding Pakistan’s tour to New Zealand.

All-rounder Shoaib Malik has been ruled out from Twenty20 series against NZ following symptoms of delayed concussion in Fifth One-day international (ODI).

Malik suffered from symptoms of delayed concussion after he was struck by a ball on the back of his head while taking a run.

However, team management hasn’t called a replacement of Shoaib Malik.

Pakistan and NZ have faced each other in 15 T20Is till date, and the track record of the Green Shirts is better than the Kiwis. Pakistan emerged victorious 8 times whereas Sri Lanka has managed to win seven encounters.

READ MORE: NEW ZEALAND WHITE WASHES PAKISTAN, BAGGED SERIES 5-0

Pakistan is ranked 2nd in ICC T20 rankings with 124 points, while NZ is ranked NO 1 team with 126 points.

Series win will definitely make Pakistan once again No 1 team in ICC Twenty20 rankings.

The First T20i will start at 8:00AM Pakistan standard Time (PST).

READ MORE: INJURED MALIK RULED OUT FROM T20 SERIES AGAINST KIWIS

Teams Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain,wk), Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Harris Sohail, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Aamer Yamin, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Rumman Raees, Umar Amin

Blackcaps Twenty20 squad: Kane Williamson (captain), Trent Boult (second and third T20 only), Tom Bruce, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson (second and third T20 only), Martin Guptill, Anaru Kitchen, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips, Seth Rance, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee (first and third T20 only), Ross Taylor (first T20 only), Ben Wheeler.

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