Pakistan appointed its star fast bowler as captain before the New Zealand T20 | Squad and Schedule

Shaheen Shah Afridi
Shaheen Shah Afridi

Pakistan appointed its star fast bowler as captain before the New Zealand T20 | Squad and Schedule: Recently there has been an increase in cricket matches in all formats across the world, with all countries getting involved in three-day fixtures in both the shorter and longer formats. However, a notable change is evident in the Pakistan team.

Last season, Pakistan faced challenges due to the team’s poor form, which attracted attention from various quarters.

Performance in the World Cup was particularly disappointing, leading to significant changes in the team.

As a result, Rizwan’s appointment marks another change in Pakistan’s leadership setup after the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.

Babar Azam stepped down from his captaincy in all formats after Pakistan’s premature exit in the group stage.

Subsequently, Shan Masood took over the role of Test captain, while Shaheen Afridi took over as the T20I captain.

Rizwan will take over as T20I vice-captain in place of all-rounder Shadab Khan. Unfortunately, Shadab suffered an ankle injury during Pakistan’s domestic season last month, ruling him out of the New Zealand tour.

Rizwan has an impressive T20I record at an average of 49, scoring 2797 runs including one century and 25 fifties. He is Pakistan’s second-highest run scorer in T20Is.

Serving as a wicketkeeper, Rizwan has taken 43 catches and 11 stumpings in this format. Expressing his delight on his appointment.

Rizwan looks forward to contributing to the success of the team.“It is an honor to be named as the vice-captain of Pakistan Men's T20I side. I am thankful to the PCB for entrusting me with this responsibility.

“I am looking forward to working closely with the captain, coaching staff, and my teammates to contribute to the team's success.”

Recently there has been an increase in cricket matches in all formats across the world, with all countries getting involved in three-day fixtures in both the shorter and longer formats. However, a notable change is evident in the Pakistan team.

Last season, Pakistan faced challenges due to the team’s poor form, which attracted attention from various quarters. Performance in the World Cup was particularly disappointing, leading to significant changes in the team. As a result, Rizwan’s appointment marks another change in Pakistan’s leadership setup after the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.

Babar Azam stepped down from his captaincy in all formats after Pakistan’s premature exit in the group stage. Subsequently, Shan Masood took over the role of Test captain, while Shaheen Afridi took over as the T20I captain.

Rizwan will take over as T20I vice-captain in place of all-rounder Shadab Khan. Unfortunately, Shadab suffered an ankle injury during Pakistan’s domestic season last month, ruling him out of the New Zealand tour.

Rizwan has an impressive T20I record at an average of 49, scoring 2797 runs including one century and 25 fifties. He is Pakistan’s second-highest run scorer in T20Is.

Serving as a wicketkeeper, Rizwan has taken 43 catches and 11 stumpings in this format. Expressing his delight on his appointment, Rizwan looks forward to contributing to the success of the team.

Pakistan T20I squad against New Zealand

T20 World Cup 2024: Pakistan Full Schedule, Venue List, Timing, Where to Watch Pakistan Matches | ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024
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T20I squad: Shaheen Shah Afridi (c), Aamer Jamal, Abbas Afridi, Azam Khan (wk), Abrar Ahmed, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Haseebullah (wk), Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (vc, wk), Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Sahibzada Farhan, Saim Ayub, Usama Mir, Zaman Khan

Pakistan T20I Schedule against New Zealand

SeriesTeamDateVenue
1st T20IPAK vs NZJan-12Eden Park, Auckland
2nd T20IPAK vs NZJan-14Seddon Park, Hamilton
3rd T20IPAK vs NZ17-JanSeddon Park, Hamilton
4th T20IPAK vs NZ19-JanHagley Oval, Christchurch
5th T20IPAK vs NZJan-21Hagley Oval, Christchurch

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