KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Despite a poor test season at home, Pakistan performed well in white-ball cricket. It reached the T20 World Cup final in Australia and qualified for the Twenty20 final of the Asia Cup.
“We know we can carry our momentum in white-ball cricket because we are back to our strength in bowling,” Babar said.
Haris Rauf has recovered from a quadricep injury picked up during his debut test against England last month to join other fast bowlers Naseem Shah, Mohammad Wasim, Shahnawaz Dahani and Mohammad Hasnain in the squad.
The ODI on Monday — all three are in Karachi — will be the first between Pakistan and New Zealand since the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England.
Kane Williamson, who stepped down from the New Zealand test captaincy before the tour to Pakistan, will return to lead the ODI side. Then he’ll pass the captaincy to Tom Latham for the ODI series in India.
Fast bowler Adam Milne was withdrawn from the series due to concerns about his preparation, and Blair Tickner, who was part of New Zealand’s test squad, has been retained.
New Zealand has flown in three white-ball specialists — opening batter Finn Allen, fast bowler Lockie Ferguson and left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner.