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26 Aug 2021
New Zealand are all set to play their first game in Pakistan after a long gap of 18 years and the hosts are “very excited” ahead of the ODI series against the Blackcaps scheduled to start on September 17 in Rawalpindi.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam has said that the hosts are a well-balanced side that will try to take full advantage of their home conditions to win the series against New Zealand that are without Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor.
“Finally, the day has arrived and our entire camp is very excited to play New Zealand at home. We have practised hard for this series and I am sure we will take full advantage of our home conditions,” said Babar Azam.
“We have a balanced squad and I remain optimistic about our chances in what promises to be an exciting series. I am sure fans at the stadium and millions watching us on screens will enjoy these matches.
There was no lack of spirit in New Zealand camp as well as the stand-in skipper in the absence of Williamson, Tom Latham said that the visitors too have “desired fire-power” in their camp to win the series. He also reposed faith on the batsmen and bowlers to put their hands up and guide the Blackcaps to a series win on Pakistan soil.
The fact that the New Zealand side are touring the country after a long time was not lost on Latham and he recognised the “special” occasion for the home team. He also rated the Pakistan side very highly and said that they are boasting talented white-ball players.
“We know it is special for Pakistan to have cricket in their country and we are excited to be here. Pakistan are a quality side and they have some talented white-ball players in their line-up,” says New Zealand skipper Tom Latham told reporters.
Latham would be eager to win the series in Pakistan to redeem his team and himself after losing a five-match long T20 series against Bangladesh just before touring Pakistan. On the other hand, Pakistan would like to maintain their winning momentum after a rain-curtailed series on the tour of the West Indies.