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Pakistan’s Likely Playing XI for First T20I Against New Zealand

In the build-up to the much-anticipated first T20I clash against New Zealand scheduled for January 12, Pakistan gears up with a formidable lineup. Key pacers, including Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf, are set to lead the bowling attack alongside Zaman Khan. Aamer Jamal, showcasing versatility, is poised to contribute with both bat and ball.

Observations from practice sessions highlight the primary pace trio of Shaheen, Haris, and Zaman working together, while another group featuring Mohammad Wasim Jr, Aamer Jamal, and Abbas Afridi focuses on honing their skills separately.

The spin department is expected to be helmed by Usama Mir, edging out Mohammad Nawaz for the starting match.

The batting order is likely to see Rizwan and Saim opening, followed by the formidable duo of Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman in the middle. Azam Khan is entrusted with the role of wicketkeeper and the fifth batting position, while Iftikhar Ahmed is anticipated to bolster the lineup at the sixth spot, with flexibility for positional changes depending on game dynamics.

The anticipated playing XI is as follows: Saim Ayub, Mohammad Rizwan (VC), Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Azam Khan (wk), Iftikhar Ahmed, Aamer Jamal, Shaheen Afridi (C), Usama Mir, Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan. As the countdown begins, cricket enthusiasts eagerly await the unfolding action in this exciting encounter.



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