Pakistan announce playing XI for third T20I against New Zealand

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Usama Mir and Aamar Jamal have been droped from team.

Pakistan on Tuesday announced playing eleven for the third 3rd T20I against New Zealand set to take place tomorrow (Wednesday) in Dunedin.

Usama Mir and Aamer Jamal have been dropped from the team while Abbas Afridi was ruled out due to a low-grade abdominal wall muscle strain, according to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Muhammad Wasim Junior, Mohammad Nawaz and Zaman Khan will be playing the third T20I match against New Zealand.

Earlier today, the PCB said Abbas Afridi’s scan showed no sign of significant injury, and “he will be managed symptomatically”.

The cricket governing body said Abbas’ availability for the last two games will be made at a later stage.

His exclusion would be a big loss to the team as Afridi was the leading wicket taker, 5, for the team along with Haris Rauf even though they have been in lost causes.

New Zealand beat Pakistan by 21 runs in the second Twenty20 international to take a 2-0 series lead.

The tourists threw away a strong position in their run chase after Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman scored half-centuries as they were dismissed for 173 in the final over, in response to New Zealand’s 194-8.

Pakistan’s Playing XI:

Shaheen Shah Afridi (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (vice-captain,), Azam Khan (wicket-keeper), Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Saim Ayub, Muhammad Wasim Junior, Mohammad Nawaz and Zaman Khan.

Full schedule:

1st T20 – 12 January 2024 at Eden Park, Auckland

2nd T20 – 14 January 2024 at Seddon Park, Hamilton

3rd T20 – 17 January 2024 at University Oval, Dunedin

4th T20 – 19 January 2024 at Hagley Oval, Christchurch

5th T20 – 21 January 2024 at Hagley Oval, Christchurch

 

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