The first match of the five-match T20 series between Pakistan and New Zealand will be played at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Friday.
This will be the first T20 encounter between the two teams since last year’s T20 World Cup semi-final.
Pakistan and New Zealand have played 29 T20 matches so far, with the green shirts winning 18 times and the Kiwis 11 times.
Star batsman Kane Williamson scored the most runs for New Zealand against Pakistan.
He has scored 584 runs by playing 19 T20 matches against Pakistan, while former all-rounder Muhammad Hafeez from Pakistan stands out by scoring 563 runs in 18 matches against the Black Caps.
If we talk about the bowling record, Kiwi pacer Tim Southee has taken 28 wickets by playing 18 matches against Pakistan, while the record for taking more wickets by Pakistan is held by former all-rounder Shahid Afridi, who has taken 21 wickets in 15 matches. Hunted kiwis.
Kane Williamson, Devon Conway, Tim Southee, Finn Allen, Lockie Ferguson and Glenn Phillips are absent from the New Zealand team on the tour of Pakistan due to the Indian Premier League (IPL).
In the absence of Kane Williamson, the Kiwis will be captained by Tom Latham, while on the other hand, Green Shirts captain Babar Azam is also back in the team after rest.
Earlier in December last year too, the New Zealand team visited Pakistan for the Test and ODI series, in which the Test series was drawn 0-0 and New Zealand won the ODI series 1-2.
Changes have also been made in the coaching staff of the Pakistan cricket team for the series against New Zealand.
Grant Bradburn will be the head coach of the Pakistan team for this series, while Andrew Puttuk will be the team’s batting coach.
Similarly, Abdul Rahman will work as an assistant head coach, and former Pakistan fast bowler Umar Gul will be the bowling coach of the national team.
It should be noted that the first T20 match between Pakistan and New Zealand will be played on Friday at 9 p.m. Pakistani time.