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Pakistan name unlimited leg spinner Zahid Mehmood in the squad of 12 for the first one-day international against New Zealand

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced a team of 12 members for the first one-day international against New Zealand will be played on 17 September in Rawalpindi.

Both teams started their preparations on the spot before the series of three matches, which will not be part of the series ICC Cricket World Cup Super League due to the unavailability of the decision review system (DRS).

Unlimited leg turner Zahid Mehmood was named in the Pakistan group for the series opening. Mahmood was too late in a sublime form. He took 52 wickets from 10 matches in Quaid-e-Azam trophy and 19 wickets in as many matches during the Pakistan Cup 2020-21.

Meanwhile, New Zealand have reached Pakistan without many of their top players – who are rather in the UAE for the remaining matches of the Indian Premier League (IPL) – including ordinary skipper Kane Williamson and the tempo bowling trio of Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Kyle Jamieson.

But according to the captain of Pakistan Babar Azam, for his part, will not take the opponents lightly, despite big names missing from the Blackcaps team.

“It would have been nicer if their best team had come,” says Babar as he addresses the media. “But regardless of the composition of their team, we play to our best and win the series.”

Here is the team from Pakistan for the first one-day match against New Zealand:

Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan (vc), Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakil, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usman Qadir, Zahid Mahmood.

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