Pakistan cricket team has departed for New Zealand to play an away series which comprise of 5 ODIs and 3 T20 matches.
The team took off from Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport on Wednesday night, confirmed Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
Prior to the flight, various Pakistani players posted pictures on social media.
Leaving for NZ tour keep remembering in your prayers pic.twitter.com/nPObIKiAzS
— Hassan Ali 🇵🇰 (@RealHa55an) December 27, 2017
Going to New zealand need ur prayers🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/EliXBpHM6G
— Mohammad Amir (@iamamirofficial) December 27, 2017
— Muhammad Nawaz (@mnawaz94) December 27, 2017
Historically speaking, Pakistan has always struggled in New Zealand conditions. However, the captain, Sarfraz Ahmed, expressed that he is confident in team’s ability to overthrow the home team.
Apart from opener Fakhar Zaman, all other players have played in New Zealand before so they know about the tough conditions and about the New Zealand team. So we are ready for the challenges.
It is worth mentioning that Pakistan have three of its key bowlers injured (Junaid, Usman Khan and Imad Wasim) but Sarfraz remained confident.
It’s unfortunate that three of our key bowlers are injured but we still have good bowlers who can trouble New Zealand.
Jan 03: New Zealand XI vs. Pakistan, One-day practice match, Saxton Oval, Nelson (3:00 AM)
Jan 06: New Zealand vs. Pakistan, 1st ODI, Basin Reserve, Wellington (3:00 AM)
Jan 09: New Zealand vs. Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Saxton Oval, Nelson (3:00 AM)
Jan 13: New Zealand vs. Pakistan, 3rd ODI, University Oval, Dunedin (3:00 AM)
Jan 16: New Zealand vs. Pakistan, 4th ODI, Seddon Park, Hamilton (6:00 AM)
Jan 19: New Zealand vs. Pakistan, 5th ODI, Basin Reserve, Wellington (3:00 AM)
Jan 22: New Zealand vs. Pakistan, 1st T20I, Westpac Stadium, Wellington (8:00 AM)
Jan 25: New Zealand vs. Pakistan, 2nd T20I, Eden Park, Auckland (11:00 AM)
Jan 28: New Zealand vs. Pakistan, 3rd T20I, Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui (11:00 AM)
(Timings in Pakistan Standard Time)