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Pak vs NZ: Big names missing from New Zealand squad for Pakistan tour

New Zealand squad

New Zealand has named its squad for the upcoming Pakistan trip, which will begin on September 17 in Rawalpindi with an ODI match. 

According to the PCB‘s press statement, the 17th, 19th, and 21st ODIs will be held in Rawalpindi’s Pindi Cricket Stadium, while the five T20Is will be held at Lahore’s historic Gaddafi Stadium from September 25 to October 3. 

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The visits to Bangladesh and Pakistan will be managed by a new coaching staff led by Wellington coach Glenn Pocknall and veteran manager Mike Sandle, with regular Blackcap’s bowling coach Shane Jurgenson joining as head coach for the Pakistan T20 series. 

Tom Latham will captain the side in Bangladesh and Pakistan, with Kane Williamson and coach Gary Stead resuming their roles for the T20 World Cup and the Test tour to India. 

Ross Taylor was chosen for the three One-Day Internationals in Pakistan, but due to the short nature of the one-week series and the length of quarantine protocols, it was mutually agreed that he would stay at home to prepare for the approaching Indian Test trip and home summer. 

Kiwis’ Squad for ODIs 

Tom Latham (c) (wk) 

Finn Allen 

Hamish Bennett 

Tom Blundell (wk) 

Doug Bracewell 

Colin de Grandhomme 

Jacob Duffy 

Matt Henry  

Scott Kuggeleijn 

Cole McConchie 

Henry Nicholls 

Ajaz Patel 

Rachin Ravindra 

Blair Tickner 

Will Young 

Coaching Staff: Glenn Pocknall, Graeme Aldridge, Thilan Samaraweera 

New Zealand Squad for T20s 

Tom Latham (c) (wk) 

Finn Allen 

Todd Astle 

Hamish Bennett 

Tom Blundell (wk) 

Mark Chapman 

Colin de Grandhomme 

Martin Guptill 

Matt Henry 

Daryl Mitchell 

Ajaz Patel 

Ish Sodhi 

Ben Sears 

Blair Tickner 

Will Young 

Coaching Staff: Shane Jurgensen, Glenn Pocknall, Graeme Aldridge, Tilan Samaraweera 

Series Schedule 

11 Sep – Arrival in Islamabad 

12-14 Sep – Room isolation 

15-16 Sep – Training/practice/intra-squad match 

17 Sep – 1st ODI, Rawalpindi 

19 Sep – 2nd ODI, Rawalpindi 

21 Sep – 3rd ODI, Rawalpindi 

25 Sep – 1st T20I, Lahore 

26 Sep – 2nd T20I, Lahore 

29 Sep – 3rd T20I, Lahore 

1 Oct – 4th T20I, Lahore 

3 Oct – 5th T20I, Lahore

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